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Christopher Fowler
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That was how my mother referred to idiomatic English, and while there have been dozens of books on the peculiarities of the English language, including fanciful volumes of outdated rhyming slang and even a history of Polari (which was still in common use until the 1990s) few have noticed the everyday oddities because we simply take them for granted. Slang exists without us realising; 'Heard from…
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Christopher Fowler
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London
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I was reading a crime thriller set in London written by a Californian, and it was peppered with the kind of words you only ever find online when searching 'British rhyming slang'. Never had I heard one of these words spoken aloud in my own city. It set me thinking. Forget rhyming slang (although you do very occasionally hear bits and pieces like Pete Tong, Deep Sea Diver and Ruby Murray) and…
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