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My Fair Lady

If you agree with George Bernard Shaw's well-known statement that "England and America are two countries separated by a common language" then you will enjoy the "Septic's Companion".  The book is an "A-to-Zed" guide to British slang for Americans, aka the septics in the title.

Why septics?  It is Cockney rhyming slang for an American: Yank rhymes with septic tank and the custom is to use only the first word.  Other amusing examples of rhyming slang include "Adam and Eve" (believe), "noddy holders" (shoulders), "Jack's alive" (five), and "Thomas Edison" (medicine).  As for the accent Cockneys have, think Eliza Doolittle in "My Fair Lady".

NPR aired an interview with Chris Rhea, the author of "Septic's Companion" over the weekend.  It's well worth a listen.




Photo by Andreas Pisza.  Licensed under Creative Commons

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