RE: RARA-AVIS: Re: grass

From: Robison Michael R CNIN (
Date: 02 May 2002

scatman says: 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.


i stumbled a lot on rankin's vocabulary, and not just the dialogue. many of the words in his narrative were foreign to me too. i figured most of them out from context.


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