O is for Oily Rag-The A-Z Challenge Of Cockney Rhyming Slang.

Hello folks and welcome to another day of the A-Z Challenge Of Cockney Rhyming Slang.
Now before we begin, I would just like to say a few words…”moist” being one of them. There’s just something so very salacious about the word “moist.” Go on, say it. It’a like your tongue and mouth are engaged in a carnal display of copulation with the resulting orgasm being the word, “moist.”
Now just the other day whilst shopping in Asda, I came across a chocolate cake (though not literally, that would be messy) which was also described as “moist.” The thing is, I was too scared to even purchase such an item least the checkout girl think that I was some kind of a slut.
Other words that I would like to say include “Discombobulate,” “Cattywampus”, “Bumfuzzle”, “canoodle”, “twat-waffle” and “Bob”.
And now on to today’s letter which is…


Cockney rhyming slang-Oily Rag

Translation-Fag (cigarette)

Example by way of an advert

We all know that smoking is bad for your health. So just say NO to an oily rag.

oily rag2

oily rag



35 thoughts on “O is for Oily Rag-The A-Z Challenge Of Cockney Rhyming Slang.

  1. OMG, Lily, I can’t stop laughing! The next time I see a box of cake mix on the store shelf advertising “moist” I just know I’m going to lose it and laugh hysterically right there at the store! “Moist” really is a salacious word. “Discombobulate” brings back memories of when my sister and I were kids and we’d say that to each other when we were playing…”I’m going to discombobulate you” LOL! We just liked the way it sounded. “Cattywampus” and “Bumfuzzle”… all those words, just too funny! And “Bob” ?! ha ha. Will definitely say “no” to oily rags. 🙂

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    • Madilyn. I don’t know who was worse that day, me or Spawn. I kept holding up the cake and asking him if he wanted to try some moist chocolate cake (in a sinister, whispery, stalkery way) and he kept shouting, “I’m not putting anything that describes itself as moist in my mouth!” We were both laughing so hard, it’s a wonder we didn’t get thrown out the store.

      Ooh, I forgot to add ‘Antidisestablishmentarianism.’ My older brother discovered the word and me and my sibs, would say that to each other without a clue of what it meant. ‘Bob’ is a fantastic word. Spawn and I just say it over and over again, with an emphasis on the last ‘B.’ As you might also suspect, Spawn and I need to get out more.

      And please, continue to say “no” to an oily rag, even if refusal often offends. 🙂

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  2. I’ve heard several women comment on the use of the word “moist” when describing anything as being a word they don’t like… hmm … makes you wonder more about their association than the word itself…. still most blokes have a snigger whenever “Stiff” is used as an adjective 😉

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    • Graham you’re right. My mama will kick you out the house for uttering ‘such filth’ and I have a friend that reacts as though she’s just been told that punching baby kittens in the face has become an Olympic sport.

      Obviously, I’m a man by proxy, as ‘stiff’ makes me giggle like a fool. All I can therefore conclude from both words, is that I have the mindset of a 13 year old boy.

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  3. Discombobulate is one of m favourite words. However, I have found that if you say nearly any word enough times out of context they just are hilarious, strange, or nonsensical.
    Btw – salacious is exactly like it sounds – salacious (such a naughty sounding word).

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    • Salacious is quite salacious in a salacious way.
      I remember way way back in my younger days, (when according to Spawn, Dinosaurs roamed the earth) a bunch of us saying the word ‘ceiling’ repeatedly for an hour and thinking how strange a word it was…but then we were all rather intoxicated on a particular herb at the time.

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  4. You just wait. When you get older, and your body is slowly drying out like a stale raisin, you’ll fondly remember those “moist” days of your youth, and celebrate every bit of moisture you can summon. 🙂

    I like all of your “favorite” words, too. Also the word floozy… sounds so much cooler than slut.

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    • Hahahaha! I already feel like a dried out prune left out in the dessert and then baked in an oven for an hour and a half at 180 degrees…might have overdone the description there…

      I too prefer floozy, though I have been called Jezebel a few times.


    • The language of the Cockney, travelled surprisingly far back in the day.

      You are more than welcome Martine Frampton and thank you for visiting and for leaving a comment. 🙂


  5. Ah Miss lily I have just written a poem for the letter S and it will involve Moist Parts. . . . Yes I know but they may not be the parts you are thinking of. . . Now you just have to wait until we get to S. . . HA ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha.

    Well done you are still going strong I see no signs of stress yet . . . does cockney slang do X and if it does, Y. . . . . HAH AH ah ah ahaha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha hah

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    • Ooh, now you’ve got me all intrigued Mr Z.
      Still going strong, although I almost threw in the towel when I commented on a blog and found that my comment and mine alone, had been removed. This in turn caused me to Feel like my opinion didn’t matter which in turn made me not want to comment on other blogs in case the same thing happend again, which in turn made me think that the whole challenge wasn’t worth doing, which in turn, caused me to eat one of those MAHOOSIVE bars of Galaxy which was cheap at the price of £2, when over Christmas they were selling them for £9!

      That’s a question I always ask about my X, Y?
      Nothing for X, so not sure what I plan to do come the time.


      • Miss Lily if someone deleted your comment then they are very silly. The A to Z is a bit Cliquey and so this year I am only visiting folk who visit me and leave a comment. This means I have visited three blogs and to date my stats for visitors is lower than it would be on an average month. You have some good followers so hang in there after all it is all for fun and a bit of interaction between like minded folk. . . .

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        • It wasn’t even one of my smart arsed comments, just one of genuine concern. It obviously offended but how I don’t know.

          I’ve given up on the linky list, because you’re right, it is very cliquey this year. I’m so lucky and grateful for the followers that I have and I am enjoying it, but this may well be my last year of the challenge.


    • Thank you Donna. Normally my posts can be described as ‘moan out loud’, or ‘wish I’d never laid eyes on this post, post.’

      Thank you for your comment and for taking the time to visit my humble blog. 🙂


  6. I’m on my way to Asda right now to find this chocolate cake you came across. Sounds delightful to me. I need to take care of my teeth now I’m of a certain age often known as “old” and I love eating things that are “moist”.
    I’m sure that as Spawn gets older he will discover the delights of eating moist things as well.

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    • I like moist, but not TOO moist. And I don’t like things with bits in them. There’s nothing worse then having a good mouthful of something and then having to pick the bits out of your teeth afterwards…

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  7. Moist makes me think eeewwww… And Bob is one of my least favorite words! So boring, spelled the same way front and back. On the other hand there is the funny “Bob” joke. – What do you call the guy in the pool with no arms and no legs? Bob. – The guy with no arms n’ no legs laying in a pile of leaves? Russell. – The guy at your front door with no arms n’ no legs? Matt – Hahahaha. I have a million of ’em! – Happily to say I threw my oily rags away in Jan. and it was been stressful but fresh!

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