Saturday, November 24, 2012
I was reminded by the erudite responses to my mention of the late Lord Chancellor (now Saint) Thomas More that as a London lad I was always fascinated by the ingenuity and wit of so much of the rhyming slang that I heard day by day. One word puzzled me for years: when I was on drinking terms with quite a few police officers 'tom' made a regular appearance to refer to a prostitute, and I was puzzled, because I thought that the connection was with a tom, or male, cat. Then the penny dropped. D'oh!