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Some moolah for ya sky rocket? [Saturday 12th October 2013 at 11:44 pm]

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Today's random discovery is that there exists ATMs which speak in Cockney rhyming slang, which will happily contact your rattle and tank to give you some sausage and mash.

This brought to you by a snippet in issue B of Curio City, an absolutely fascinating folded map/leaflet/thing about weird and wonderful bits of London. My sister got me issue A as a birthday present a while back, and last weekend I finally got round to ordering the later issues before they vanished from their online shop.
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[User Picture]From: omgimsuchadork
Sunday 13th October 2013 at 4:33 am (UTC)
I have to admit, I don't understand how rhyming slang works. Sure, it rhymes, I get that, but there exists more than one word that rhymes with "bank" or "cash"; why were "rattle and tank" and "sausage and mash" chosen (or, in the opposite direction -- say we didn't know the context -- how are we supposed to figure out what "rattle and tank" means)? Does it change with the speaker or is it somehow unwrittenly universal?
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[User Picture]From: boggyb
Sunday 13th October 2013 at 5:17 pm (UTC)
Don't worry, I don't understand it either. I'm not sure it's possible to fully understand how it works unless you're a native Cockney speaker :)
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