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TOP 500 REVIEWERon 8 January 2013
I bought this in order to try and make contact, on some sort of plane, with a somewhat cantankerous / aggressive / mean-spirited close relation of mine. He was dragged up in the East End about a hundred and fifty years ago but has since reinvented himself as a bit of an establishment figure. Hence the fact that these working class roots have been airbrushed from history. That is, until he over-imbibes on lager. And then that old, inscrutable patter just comes tumbling out. Well, the last time it happened, I was ready for him.

He doesn't like me very much anyway, so I could probably have guessed the general meaning of 'You're a right cocky little feather plucker you are' without the help of this book. Then again, I wouldn't have been able to play him at his own game and hurl back a personalised mention of Anthony Blunt. I did have to hit the frog and toad fairly sharpish after that though, because my flicking through this book did manage to send him just a teeny weeny bit Radio Rental. NOT the idea really.

This book is a record of social and geographic history. This is a 'language' that is constantly evolving, the rhymes themselves changing with the times or the historical circumstances. As you may have gathered from the examples I have already quoted, it is a comprehensive work, full of the sort of colourful language you would hear in any pub in town on a Friday night. And that's just from the ladies. The author also manages to inject a great deal of humour into the book, making it a very enjoyable read on its own, without necessarily being used for reference. I would have liked a different layout for the index however. The book is arranged into some fairly confusing chapters ( 'Sense and Nonsense', 'Household Matters, etc. etc.) and the only index is one of the rhyming slang itself. Trying to pin down the rhyming slang FOR a word is really rather difficult.

Nevertheless, this is a lovely little book to have around. You'll never again feel lost during an episode of 'Minder' anyway, not with this.
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on 16 January 2014
Although the lack of an index for the words you want to 'translate' into rhyming slang (as opposed to the other way round) was a bit of a disappointment, this book lives up to all other expectations, and made an ideal Christmas gift for a Yorkshireman who's fascinated by London. Infact it kept him quiet the whole festive period! The inclusion of some Australian rhyming slang references would be useful to some students of the genre, but isn't too scholarly for the casual browser.
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on 21 December 2016
I wanted a dictionary solely devoted to rhyming slang that was both comprehensive and fun. I can say that this one definitely fits the bill, after giving it a quick look, and I will enjoy giving it a thorough read over Christmas.
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on 12 June 2018
It's ok
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on 19 September 2016
Not as comprehensive as I had hoped, but sufficient for the purposes I need.
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on 15 April 2016
purchased as a present for someone who like to write poems/limericks and uses this a lot
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on 25 February 2017
bought for someone
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on 31 October 2015
Bought as a gift, but seems perfect to me
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on 31 March 2016
This item was bought as a present
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on 21 July 2017
Well produced. Contained more than expected. Would recommend.
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