I have a new favorite Olympic mascot.
He is pretty, colorful and full of details and rhymes and I am re-learning my Cockney rhyming slang.
apple and pairs = stairs
strawberry tart = heart
bamboo shoots = boots
In order to be considered a true Cockney, you must have been born within earshot of the Bow Bells, the bells of the church of St Mary-le-Bow.
Another well-known Cockney rhyming slang is dog and bone = phone.
Then, of course – who wouldn’t have guessed – nanny goat = boat. The Tower Bridge here most likely represents one of the geographical boundaries of where Cockney used to be spoken.
Totally easy, right?
frog and toad = road
jam jar = car
I never quite got Cockney rhyming slang. But after all I wasn’t born within earshot of the Bow Bells. And maybe keeping secrets from or confusing strangers was the purpose of these rhymes.
Either way, I love this Wenlock. 🙂