Ones and twos

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

By |2016-10-18T15:48:24+00:00November 16th, 2015|Idioms|1 Comment

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I am Céline Graciet, a freelance English to French translator. Since 2003 I’ve been writing on all sorts of areas linked to translation and the life of a translator.

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  1. Noter Yeminli Tercüme February 9, 2016 at 3:33 pm - Reply

    LOL! Scooby’s and Toms are awesome 🙂 Thanks.

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