Fact For The Day

Michael Head from Shack/Pale Fountains/Red Elastic Band, etc is related by marriage to Karim Benzema!

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His wifes accent is great, Scouse in French.

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Isnt it odd that Grant shapps mentions it but Mick Jones doesn’t?

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All the talk of rhyming slang got me Googling earlier.

Turns out the mild pejorative “berk” originated from the not so mild Cockney slang “Berkshire Hunt”.

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That’s one that I knew. :sweat_smile: There’s a hilarious Martin Amis review of Robert Bly’s Iron John in which he explains how Bly’s attempt at forming a mythopoetic men’s movement is hobbled (in the UK, at least) by the title and its meaning in rhyming slang.

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Always used to make me snigger in a slightly schoolboy way hearing West Ham fans chanting "irons, irons … ".

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& ‘arris’ = arse comes from ‘aristotle’ = bottle via ‘bottle & glass’ = arse

French backslang is just as much fun
Keuf = cop from ‘fuck’ backwards (in French accent)

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and a record is a scud. From disque backwards.
I’m off to the alps on sunday after an absence of over 20years. Good to be brushing up on the lingo :joy:

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‘tish’ = weed (‘shit’ backwards)
I think that’s my entire vocab exhausted

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