March 25th, 2004

WotD: Brrrr!

Work is caning me today, as we say down on the Estuary, so the WotD explanation is a little brief. Most unoriginal but I’m sticking with the Cockney Rhyming Slang theme today.

It’s rather cold here in Old London Town at the moment so the WotD is

Noun. Potatoes. A corruption of the word potatoes. {Informal}
Adj. Cold.
From the Cockney rhyming slang taters in the mould(potatoes in the mould).
e.g.” It’s a bit taters in here. Shall I light the fire?"

That’s Cockney for you. Never use one word when you can use four instead.

As in the other examples of Cockney Rhyming Slang we’ve looked at this week, the actual part of the ‘slang’ that rhymes with cold has been dropped.

So next time the temperature drops bring out the ‘taters’.

PS: Before I toddle off … I slipped a fake word in this week. Did you spot it?
Answers tomorrow.