O for Crying Out Loud

It seems a couple of readers were somewhat disappointed with my post Forging. Apparently they were expecting something entirely different. Sorry. That post is in the works and will appear at some stage.

A few other readers were bemused with the unimaginative title of the post L for Leather. The title was a (not very clever) play on the twelfth letter of the Cockney Rhyming Alphabet, which is itself, a play on the phrase Hell for Leather.

Following is the full Cockney Rhyming Alphabet for those unfamiliar with it.

A for ‘orses (hay for horses)

B for mutton (beef or mutton)

C for miles (see for miles)

D for Kate (defecate)
E for Adam (Eve or Adam)
F for pheasants (effervescence)
G for police (Chief of Police)
H for retirement (age for retirement)

I for lootin’ (highfalutin)

J for oranges (Jaffa oranges)
K for cavemen (cave for cavemen)

L for leather (Hell for leather)

M for sis (emphasis)
N for lope (envelope)
O for the rainbow (over the rainbow)
P for a penny (pee for a penny)
Q for the loo (queue for the loo)

R for bitter (‘arf o’ bitter)

S for you (it’s for you)
T for two (tea for two)
U for mism (euphemism)
V for España (Viva España!)

W for a quid (double you for a quid)

X for breakfast (eggs for breakfast)

Y for a husband (wife for a husband)

Z for breezes (zephyr breezes)

There are many alternative versions. Feel free to submit your favourites!

Jack Plane


About Jack Plane

Formerly from the UK, Jack is a retired antiques dealer and self-taught woodworker, now living in Australia.
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3 Responses to O for Crying Out Loud

  1. muddleheadedww says:

    I always preferred E for brick (‘eave a brick)


  2. Tico Vogt says:

    Your readers should be happy with whatever strikes your whimsical fancy. “Blessed is he who expects nothing, for he shall never be disappointed.”
    ― Alexander Pope


  3. Eric R says:

    You keep writing what ever the hell you like pal.
    Very seldom do I think your head is full of pudding.
    I enjoy your work.
    Thank you
    Kissimmee, Florida


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