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Butcher’s

‘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.

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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.

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