‘Allo me Chinas, this week we’ve got a classic in Cockney Rhyming Slang, butcher’s. It’s a straightforward rhyme with no double entendre. “Butcher’s” is used across London and beyond, and widely understood throughout the UK.
The omitted rhyming word is “hook”, so the original expression is Butcher’s hook, the double-ended hook with which butchers would hang up their wares.
One place where the expression may have originated would have been Smithfield Meat Market — near Farringdon in the Cockney heartland. Smithfields has been a wholesale meat market for more than 800 years with trade continuing today.
Until next week, ‘ave a butcher’s at the wallpapers below, and add a bit of Cockney to your tech.