British slang dating
Chiefly associated with cockney speech spoken in the East End of London, words are replaced with a phrase which rhymes.
For example: plates of meat for "feet", or twist and twirl for "girl".
Collins English Dictionary (3rd edition) defines slang as "Vocabulary, idiom etc that is not appropriate to the standard form of a language or to formal contexts, may be restricted as to social status or distribution, and is characteristically more metaphorical and transitory than standard language".
The Oxford Dictionary of English Grammar (1994) defines it as "Words, phrases, and uses that are regarded as informal and are often restricted to special contexts or are peculiar to specific profession, classes etc".
It is also used in the United States to a limited extent.
Slang is informal language sometimes peculiar to a particular social class or group and its use in Britain dates back to before the 15th century.
Used to describe something as useless, nonsense or having poor quality, as in "That's a load of bollocks".
Is often said as a cry of frustration or annoyance. An arrest or to be caught out, as in 'It's a fair cop'. Used with a negative to mean of little value, as in 'That's not much cop'. To get, as in for example, to 'cop off with', 'cop a feel' or 'cop a load of that'.London slang has many varieties, the best known of which is rhyming slang.English-speaking nations of the former British Empire may also use this slang to a cnt, but also incorporate their own slang words to reflect their different cultures.Often only the first word is used, so plates and twist by themselves become the colloquialisms for "feet" and "girl".Thieves' cant or Rogues' cant was a secret language (a cant or cryptolect) which was formerly used by thieves, beggars and hustlers of various kinds in Great Britain and to a lesser extent in other English-speaking countries.In 1889 two multi-volumed slang dictionaries went on sale: A Dictionary of Slang, Jargon and Cant by Albert Barrere and Charles Leland, and Slang and its Analogues by John Farmer and W. Henley; the latter being published in seven volumes.