The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on November 29, 1955 · Page 3
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Blytheville, Arkansas
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Tuesday, November 29, 1955
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TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 30, 109U BLYTHEVILLE (ARK.) COURIER NEWS PAGE THREE Rhyming Cockney Slang Colorful But It's Difficult to Understand By IIDDY OI1.MOIU-: LONDON Wl—"Let's net Ihe wind out of our mince pics and no across the frog and tond to the old ruh-adub for a needle anil pin," the man said. "We've got the bird line, you know." In the Queen's English, the Cockney meant: "Let's get the wind out of our eyes and go across the road to the bar for :\ gin. We have the time, you know." 'Iliis Is rhyming slang—colorful and varied—and it takes a real Cockney to speak it. V for W A Cockney is « person bom within sound, of the bells on old St. Mary-Ie-Bow Church, near the very heart of this capital. Rugged Individualists and generally Rood humored, the Cockneys started with the English language as fan back as the first pavl of the Wth | cemury. The Cockney characterized himself in the first part of the 19th century hy substituting V for W and vice versa: "Are you villing: to wotc?" . j Later in the century he changed 1 the ill sound to P, as in Aliurj for Arthur. Their greatest assault on the! English language concerns vowel i sounds i they say dyly for daily. I abaht for about, moch for muchij and the adding or dropping of H's at the beginning of words. Then came rhyming slang—or substituting one, two or three words that vaguely rhyme wit' 1 the real word and stringing them all together in a sentence. There are pubs where a luvge portion of the drinks are asked for in rhyming slang—and pity the barmaid who doesn't understand. A Pig's Ear Beer is a pig's ear. Whisky is a bright and frisky. Bum a deaf and dumb. Most of the rhynyng shuvj is done with nouns and Us nearly always spoken and not written. And sometimes eyes become just mince (rather than mince pies). Stand-to-attention, the full rhyme for pension, becomes stand-to. Grecnages, the rhyme lor wages, may become just greens. Here's a short vocabulary; Mouth—north and south Nose—I suppose Pace—deuce and ac'e Stairs—apples and pairs House—cat and mouse Shirt—dickey dirt Shoes—fire.s and flues Trousers—round the houses Wife—trouble and strife Husband, or old man—pot am pi.i. Spoon—silvery moon Waiter—potato Head waiter—hot potato Tea—rosey lee Dog—sherry hog Money—bees and honey Cash—oak and ash. Family Group of 10 to Undergo Operation for Blood Condition MINNEAPOLIS (J)—Doctors v,'crc hftttiny up surgery schedules today for u taiuily group of 10, all victims of an unusual blood condition. They arc the Steffcnhagen brothers of Frontenac, Minn., Roy, 37, | iiiitl Robert, 31, and their eight chil-j dren. r:tni$imr in «^e from l 1 ^ to 11. \ The last of the group of 10 were scheduled to enter University of Merger of Shoe Firms Protested Minnesota Hospitals today. Their hereditary blood condition is one in which the spleen breaks up t'lp red corpuscles. Doctors said they plan to remove their spleens. They said that should remedy the condition. Dr. Willard Akins, Red Wing, .Minn., said the condition produces a marked weakness, lack of appetite and lethargy. All but the two youngest children have received blood transfusions. Mrs. Lily Steffenhagen, grandmother of the children, died from the same condition six years ago. Fire Destroys School Buildings BATESVILLE, Avk. Wl — Fire destroyed a lunch room and an elementary building yesterday at Southside School on Highway 11 about 5 miles south of here. Supt. Marvin E. Moore estimated damage nt more than S35.000. He said the loss was covered partially insurance. The blaze possibly was touched I ::•*•. STEELE MISHAP — Steele's police chief and deputy sheriff, Henry Lovelace, talks to neighbors of William Barger last week at .SCIT.C of accident where Burger narrowly escaped serious injury. Barricades and detour signs were erected to slop traffic. (Photo hy Yeajcr) Federal Water Resources Board i Grocer Loses Opposed by Mississippi Valley Group !To Robber, Wind PARTY BIRD - Thoroughly domesticated, "Corney," a baby tawny owl, no longer gives a hoot for the call of the wild. Judging from his hat, Corney is the life of the parly in the house of his owner, Mrs. Ruth Charlish of Burnhum, £ng!imd. He was ..iound in a garden, deserted by his parents. WASHINGTON'* -- Ally. Gen. j Browne!! yesterday announced he ' has filed suit to prevent the pro- j posed merger of Brown Shoe Co. of j St. Louis, Mo., and G. R. Kimiey j Co. of New York City. [ Both concerns manufacture and \ distribute shoes and maintain re-i tail outlets of their own. | The suit was filed in the Federal District Court at St. Louis. The i companies planned to merge Dec. j J. Brownell contends the consolidation would violate the Clayton ami-] trust act. I The department said Brown is ( one of th'e five leading shoe manu- j [acturers In the United States and j kinney ranks as the ninth largest; shoe-seller in the country. ! In addition to thejjlea for a tern-j porary injunction, the St. Louis suit! asked for orders prohibiting Brown | t from acquiring' the stock of or as- i ! sets ot any cither corporation en- f gaued in the shoe business. ! The department earlier this year! brought an anti-trust action against 1 General Shoe Corp. of Nashville. I Tenn., designed to stop acquisition) of further retail outlets by that Company. t 'Mighty Mouse' Kayoes Station SPRINGFIELD, Ohio 1* — "Mighty Mouse" or one of his country cousins knocked Spring-1 field's radio station WLBY off the! air yesterday for 20 minutes and' electrocuted himself in the process. Station officials said a fiold! mouse crawled into a 22Q-volt transmitter in WLBY's transmitting "building uutside the city limits. The j rodent knocked the station off the' air and burned himself up when 1,000 kilowatts of powei^ passed through his body. off by a witter heater In the [ramt lunch room bulUllng, Moove salt!, and was carried by wind to the 8- room elementary building, a stem* structure. Moore siild Thanksgiving vaca. tlon would be extended Indefinitely. When classes resume, he sulcl. th« community building at nearby Salado will be utilized. The Aleutian Island*, nt the time of their discovery In 1741, wera populated by from 20,000 to 25,000 natives. R AVELERS - SPORTSME BUSINESSMEN ST. LOUIS iff — The head of the Schnellbacher said water censer-1 DETROIT 131 — Grocery owne Mississippi Valley Assn. yesterday • vation and flood control no longer is | Georse Jacob gave chase when •strongly oppose'd the Hoover Com- :,n area problem and. the main i man'armed with a knife robbed hi mission proposal for the creation ; problem is not getting authorization j store Q i S256 last night, of a federal water resources board. | for projects but in getting construe- j Buj when a gu5t oj wind whip p en The Association's president, Wai-: "°" '"oney. j S80 in bl i ls j rom tne thief's hands, lev C Ploeser of St. Louis, told a: Al1 ™' 3o witnesses in all were, Jacob t d tQ retl . icve his dite soil conservation and flood control projects. Ploeser also told the subcommittee, headed by Rep. Robert Jones (D-Ala). there already is "too much red tape" and "to add another group's x is asking too much." Another witness before the subcommittee. Mayo r George C. Sc hue lib a cher of Topeka. Kan., voiced his opposition to the Hoover commission proposal. Jacob salvaged $38, the thief .:iy.s in iNeu -iLnyiium itnu m uic , South and plans to go to Denver \ ted about S175 and passers-by scam- Los Angeles to yet local reac- ] pered off into tne darkness with lion to the commission propoyal Beele Ailing HOLLYWOOD W) — Stilton Berle left a hospital four hours after he was taken there yesterday, suffer-1 in»; from what was described as] "extreme physical exhaustion." His ( doctor'oniercd him to rest at home i for a week to 10 days before resuming his television \vork. I f Yen Kitchen Sink SCHROON LAKE, N. Y. I/PI — About 100 neighbors, passers-by and firemen carried almost everything movable Irom Sidney Fleming's] burning house yesterday. They even ] salvaged the kitchen sink before the' two-story frame house burned down. 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