Re: RARA-AVIS: Re: grass

Date: 02 May 2002 said:

>>Anybody else know?
>20c Brit slang; earliest printed examples about 50-55 years ago.  Rhyming
>slang:  grasshopper - copper; if you grass somebody up to a copper,
>you're a grass.  

Cheers! I should really get some sort of OED, but they're so expensive and I can't be bobbing down the library every five minutes. It's a shame that Peelers didn't stick around longer, perhaps we might have ended up talking about Potatoes and Super Potatoes. I'm sure I'm being an old stick-in-the-mud but modern slang (and I don't spend much time in prison yards either) doesn't seem as inventive as classic cockney rhymning slang, of which there are several fascinating dictionaries and histories.

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