Helping hands

I was tea-boy for some builders today

Canteen king, not being able to play a fuller role

because I don't know what they're saying. 

"Pass me the Neville buddy" pipes Pat. 

"Yes. Mate if I knew what I was looking at, what's it like?" said I. 

"Gary" he replied "Gary Neville..." 

"Spirit level! Come on Juzzy you know the old lingo." 

Oh no what if I don't? 

What about a Shola Ama? 

Yes mate that's easier

Haha no you ass pass one up here! 

So I'm in the kitchen making hot chocolate for the children. 

I help with some lifting, marking and things to ease the burden. 

More than a case of reducing the stress

It creates more time for fun and laughs. 

Chat shit

Get banged. 


  • orchidee

    Bit of French there, that you didn't understand? The Neville item. lol.
    I'm upper class myself - jolly hockey sticks; OK yah, that sort of thing! heehee. A spiffing poem there.

    • RDS

      Haha I might leave space for a line orchidee, your reply flies straight out of the poem. Glad you enjoyed the little ditty of yesterday.

    • Michael Edwards

      Love this one being a Londoner myself and whilst I'm familiar with a Neville I must confess I haven't a clue about Shola Ama - must google it.

      • RDS

        I'm pleased you enjoyed it so much Michael. Being seasoned in the trades I get most of the rhyming slang bandied around sites but I imagined someone just walking in trying to make sense of it all. It's wonderfully natural poetry of the streets that l thought should be honoured in verse.
        You will never hear of a Shola Ama on site as that gives it away, it's just a Shola. I thought to give readers the source of the rhyme...she didn't have many hits, not as many as a hammer can make.

      • ANGELA & BRIAN

        BRIAN HERE ~Good evening Friend. Every Profession has its own Language as does each Region of the UK and Winston Churchill said that the Britain & the USA are two Countries separated by a COMMON LANGUAGE ~ which is very true. Cockney Rhyming slang is pretty universal in the Towns & Cities near London. The initial problem is that the word replacing the normal one does not always rhyme with it as wih NEVILLE & LEVEL. One could say pass me the GARY ! But the BOSS is on the DOG (PHONE) as in Dog & Bone ~ and She*s gone up the APPLES (STAIRS) as in the Apples & Pears ~ and look at his BOAT (FACE) as in Boat Race etc etc ! WICKED now means GREAT ~ *The English Language is a Many Splendoured Thing* ~ Loved the BLUES very stimulating ~ AMEN !

        Blessings & Peace to You & Yours
        Love Angela Brian & Smokey ! ! !

        • RDS

          Haha glad it chimed with you. Maybe London is indeed a bit like the oranges and lemons nursery rhyme with different 'tones' scattered around. I have found that all the cities I've lived possess their own version of Cockney Rhyming. As you say all trades have a lexicon of their own.
          Language and Love are many spleandoured things and it's how we can keep improving on the past ideas and progress to the future with more confidence than fear. Thanks for taking the time to read and comment.

        • Goldfinch60

          The cockney language is so good, I come from Kent and in the place where I was raised there is an area called Luton where Eastenders used to come down and stay when they went out picking hops. Many ended up living in the town and there is a distinct cockney accent there. I now live in the Midlands and people can sometime hear a cockney twang in my speaking.


          • RDS

            Yes those journeymen and sessonal travelling workforces are how innovations, new trends and different techniques were spread a hundred and fifty years ago before radio etc. I've picked up many accents but as I present information and give directions for a living so I can't drop into t'usal way o speaking Yorkshire nor afeect me adopted scouse! Thanks for reading and commenting Andy.

          • L. B. Mek

            great read!
            thirty years a Londoner and I still revel in any reveal of the street lingo turtledove we hold so dear

            • RDS

              Haha now 'turtledove' is an unknown, an unknown unknown. I went back next day and found there's almost a game.of misunderstanding. One of the themes of the day was.quoting the wrong(and inappropriate) words to songs on the radio. This may deserve further mention in an updated version. Thanks for reading and sharing your appreciation L. B.

            • Doggerel Dave

              Couldn't throw some light on 'Estuarine' could you? How it has replaced, modified, added to cockney?
              Been away so long now...
              Regards Dave

            • Poetic Dan

              O the days that took me back...

              Play on player, I needed that giggle... And a Sky hook!

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