#AUSSlang: Rhyming slang

Rhyming slang is a type of slang in which a word is replaced by words or phrases they rhyme with. In this post, we will share some rhyming slang you would likely find in Australia.

  1. Steak and kidney. Meaning: Sydney.
    • Example:
      • In this holiday, Rachel will go to steak and kidney alone. 
  2. Brave and bold. Meaning: cold.
    • Example:
      • Tonight is really brave and cold. Do you feel it too, Joey? 
  3. Blood blister. Meaning: sister.
    • Example:
      • Is your blood blister at home, Julie? Chandler needs to see her now. 
  4. Captain Cook. Meaning: look.
    • Example:
      • Hey, Phoebe! Try to take a Captain Cook the view. It’s so good. 
  5. Curry and rice. Meaning: price.
    • Example:
      • Monica, would you mind asking the curry and rice to the sales girl? 
  6. Dog and bone. Meaning: phone.
    • Example:
      • Gunther, please pick up the dog and bone. I’m still in the kitchen.
  7. Grim and gory. Meaning: story.
    • Example:
      • Janice and Mike have a great grim and gory from their journey to Tibet.
  8. Kitchen sink. Meaning: drink.
    • Example:
      • Do you want me to refill your kitchen sink, Sir? 
  9. Lemon squash. Meaning: wash.
    • Example:
      • Frank, I think your car needs a lemon squash. It looks so dirty. 
  10. Nail and screws. Meaning: news.
    • Example:
      • Do you get any nail and screws about Susan? She’s been missing for a week. 

Those are some examples on rhyming slang. They sound interesting, right? Try using them in your daily conversation, fellas. :) 

Compiled and written by @fabfebby at @EnglishTips4U on Sunday, March 10, 2013

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5 thoughts on “#AUSSlang: Rhyming slang”

  1. This sort of rhyming slang is falling into disuse in Australia, the only one with any currency is probably Captain Cook. I’d still encourage you to try experimenting with this type of language though, as it helps make you’re English usage more sophisticated. British rhyming slang us still very popular in many parts of Australia. One example is dead horse. Can you guess what we use it for?

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