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  Rhyming Slang
Updated 09 January 2003, 10.12
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Learning aims
  • Understand the term 'slang'

  • Increase knowledge of Cockney Rhyming slang

  • Collect, define and compose own rhyming words and phrases

Introduction
Read through with the class the story

Ask the class what they think 'slang' is?

  • Slang is informal language (as opposed to standard English)

  • Slang, like other types of language, changes over time

  • Some words, which were originally slang, are now part of standard English

  • Cockney Rhyming slang is said to have developed from East London market-traders who did not want outsiders to understand their conversations

Main activity
Give the class the list of examples on the

What do the class think these mean in standard English?

Fact File
Support words
boss, bottle, brandy, bread
car, cash, cheese, dinner
drunk, fight, judge, liar
man, pocket, rain, umbrella, wages

Support idea
Provide this list of words so that students only have to find their rhyming partner in the examples of slang.

Extension activity
Students come up with their own rhyming slang for people, places and things.

Plenary
Recap on the origins and function of rhyming slang and hear students' own examples.


Answers:

1) A pocket stuffed with cash.

2) The judge thinks you're a liar.

3) A bottle of brandy.

4) Don't put a drunk in a car.

5) He was taught to fight by an old man.

6) I get my wages from the boss.

7) Rain falling on your umbrella.

8) Cheese and bread for dinner.


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