- special bonus book cover -
Fletcher's Book of Rhyming Slang
Pan, London, 1979
(price: 80p; 48 pages)
The blurb on the back:
'Everybody (in the nick or out of it) has heard of rhyming slang. It dates back, as Horrible Ives would say, to time immoral. At least a hundred and fifty years, because the wife's mother doesn't remember it starting...'
- says Ronnie Barker - better known to some as Fletcher - the legendary lag of film and television.
He's put together a hilarious dictionary and phrase book of Cockney Rhyming Slang, Ancient and Modern. Exactly as She is Spoke.
If you can't imagine a Sermon in Rhyming Slang, or the Queen's Speech in Rhyming Slang, take a Butcher's inside...
cover illustration by Robin Bootell