Golf is great: you get to spend time in beautiful environments and learn new expressions. After a round recently, one of the staff, noticing I wasn’t sure where to go, explained where the women’s changing room was, and also that “the blower’s over there for your ones and twos”. I nodded dutifully as this mysteriousness; I’m quite used to not having a clue about what’s going on in the golf world. It’s only when I got to the air pressure shoe cleaner that it came to me: “SHOES!”. It was rhyming slang. I was so proud of myself.
(This is a blower in case you were wondering)
It turns out that Cockney rhyming slang has several expressions for shoes:
Scooby’s (Scooby Doos)
St. Louis (St. Louis Blues)
Toms (Tom Cruise)
Churches (church pews)
Cockney Rhyming Slang