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I was just talking to my British friend, and he called me a seppo. Turns out I should be offended. Anyway, this got me thinking: what's the deal with rhyming slang? I understand it originated as a kind of coded communication, but why rhymes? I can't think of any instances of rhyming slang in American English, but apparently it's all the rage in British/Aussie speak.

Which way I fly is Hell; myself am Hell;
And, in the lowest deep, a lower deep
Still threatening to devour me opens wide,
To which the Hell I suffer seems a Heaven.



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#3
Short for septic tank, derogatory term for Americans because it rhymes with Yank
You must not hang out with enough American-haters.

Which way I fly is Hell; myself am Hell;
And, in the lowest deep, a lower deep
Still threatening to devour me opens wide,
To which the Hell I suffer seems a Heaven.



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#4
Seppo in Finland is a name, dont know what the hell it means in english slang tho.
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Sounds a little ginger beer
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#11
I thought it was just a cockney thing.

I know Australians have a lot of slang which spreads to NZ a few months after everyone in Aus has already gotten tired of using it.
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In the aussie FHM mag, I remember them using seppo as a term for an American.
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No one I know uses it, we are too Americanized. Correction: sometimes politicians do when they want to come across as really Australian - but it just nauseates people.
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Australians really are lazy. They cut the word in half and stick a "y" or an "o" on the end of it. Happens with names also - everyone knows either a Kev-o or a John-o.

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Australians really are lazy. They cut the word in half and stick a "y" or an "o" on the end of it. Happens with names also - everyone knows either a Kev-o or a John-o.

It also applies with 'zza' e.g. Barry = Bazza, Gary = Gazza
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Australians really are lazy. They cut the word in half and stick a "y" or an "o" on the end of it. Happens with names also - everyone knows either a Kev-o or a John-o.


Dubliners do that a lot too
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We use ryming slang in Scotland to avoid certain sounds/letters. Most of us have sounds/letters we can't pronounce due to our terrible teeth.
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We use ryming slang in Scotland to avoid certain sounds/letters. Most of us have sounds/letters we can't pronounce due to our terrible teeth.

This is the only practical explanation I have heard so far.
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It's very hard to explain Cockney slang to someone who has no idea what it is, especially since you don't even say the last part of the phrase itself.

Eg: Scooby Doo = clue, but you'd never say "I haven't got a Scooby Doo", it's just be "I haven't got a Scooby."

Interesting.

Which way I fly is Hell; myself am Hell;
And, in the lowest deep, a lower deep
Still threatening to devour me opens wide,
To which the Hell I suffer seems a Heaven.



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I thought it was just a cockney thing.

I know Australians have a lot of slang which spreads to NZ a few months after everyone in Aus has already gotten tired of using it.


For being a day ahead of everyone else, you guys sure end up behind on what's "in" a lot.
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Ah you seppos are so tom thumb it's amazing you make it up the apples and pears without bumping your crust. Speaking of loaves you skin and blisters pretty robin.
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Ah you americans are so dumb it's amazing you make it up the stairs without bumping your head. Speaking of unintelligible Britspeak, here's more unintelligible britspeak!.

I tried to figure it out, but I only got the first three.

Which way I fly is Hell; myself am Hell;
And, in the lowest deep, a lower deep
Still threatening to devour me opens wide,
To which the Hell I suffer seems a Heaven.



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I tried to figure it out, but I only got the first three.


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Ah you seppos > septic tanks > yanks > Americans are so tom thumb > dumb it's amazing you make it up the apples and pears > stairs without bumping your crust > crust of bread > head. Speaking of loaves > loaves of bread > head your skin and blister's > sister's pretty robin > robin hood > good.


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Originally Posted by Todd Hart
Ah you seppos > septic tanks > yanks > Americans are so tom thumb > dumb it's amazing you make it up the apples and pears > stairs without bumping your crust > crust of bread > head. Speaking of loaves > loaves of bread > head your skin and blister's > sister's pretty robin > robin hood > good.

That is some convoluted slang-making right there.

Which way I fly is Hell; myself am Hell;
And, in the lowest deep, a lower deep
Still threatening to devour me opens wide,
To which the Hell I suffer seems a Heaven.



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That is some convoluted slang-making right there.


I'm from the Midlands, we kind of have a habit of taking London ideas and bastardising them into oblivion.
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For being a day ahead of everyone else, you guys sure end up behind on what's "in" a lot.

I'm pretty sure that only about 10% of all Australian slang actually makes it America.
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I'm pretty sure that only about 10% of all Australian slang actually makes it America.

I'm pretty sure that's a drastic overestimation The only Australian slang the average American is aware of is "G'day mate," which I'm not sure really counts as slang.

The first time I'd even heard of rhyming slang was in A Clockwork Orange, when the kids' slang is explained as half Cockney rhyming slang (cutter = bread and butter = money) and half Soviet propaganda-introduced Russian words (britva, grozny, etc.) I always thought it was just another fictional part of the book, I didn't expect people to actually use rhyming slang

Which way I fly is Hell; myself am Hell;
And, in the lowest deep, a lower deep
Still threatening to devour me opens wide,
To which the Hell I suffer seems a Heaven.



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I'm pretty sure that's a drastic overestimation The only Australian slang the average American is aware of is "G'day mate," which I'm not sure really counts as slang.

The first time I'd even heard of rhyming slang was in A Clockwork Orange, when the kids' slang is explained as half Cockney rhyming slang (cutter = bread and butter = money) and half Soviet propaganda-introduced Russian words (britva, grozny, etc.) I always thought it was just another fictional part of the book, I didn't expect people to actually use rhyming slang


It's only really ever used to confound foreigners. Although phrases like apples and pears aren't that uncommon.
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Dog and bone - Phone
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Dog and bone - Phone
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Does anyone know what porn is in cockney rhyming slang? Friend asked me if I was watching it several days ago but forgot what it was.


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