ONS Giveaway: Literary Rhyming Slang
For ages now, I’ve had two copies of Lewis Young’s brilliant short fiction pamphlet Fabric Of Society sitting on my bedside table, waiting to be given away here on ONS. Lewis is a brilliant young writer from Newcastle who’s had fiction and poetry published by Read This Magazine and The Slovo. Fabric of Society is such a cool (and beautiful!) book that I wanted to set you all an equally cool challenge to determine who’d get the free copies… hence the wait, while I figured it out.
“In 2007 me and a couple of friends made up poet rhyming slang. This mainly started because one of said friends messed up some photocopying he was doing. then this happened;
‘You’ve cocked that up.’
‘Get your J. Alfred out.’
‘It’s all gone a bit J. Alfred.’
So basically, we had J. Alfred for the male genitalia. and that was about as far as we got with poet rhyming slang. You could use ‘William’, for shake, as in William Blake, shake.
‘The mayonnaise is stuck in the bottom of the jar? Well, give it a William.’”
Personally, I reckon this is a hilarious and inspired idea. What other brilliant literary rhymes could you come up with? Surely the sky’s the limit, right? Particularly if you extend beyond the poetic to include famous figures from prose and drama as well. Well… the ball is now in your court, dear readers! If you fancy getting your hands on one of Lewis’ lovely books (there are TWO up for grabs, remember!) then get thee to the comments box and divulge your literary rhyming slang inventions. They can be perfect rhymes or creaky assonance, as serious or silly as you like… extra points for effort and originality! Just get your responses to me by midnight GMT on 1st October… no other rules! Spread the word… and get rhyming!