Looking for Curry?
The terms "Ruby" and/or "Ruby Murray" are often used as "cockney rhyming slang" for curry. Here's what one web site has to say about it:
"Cockney rhyming slang is an amusing, widely underestimated part of the English language. Originating in London's East End in the mid-19th century, Cockney rhyming slang uses substitute words, usually two, as a coded alternative for another word. The final word of the substitute phrase rhymes with the word it replaces (for example - the cockney rhyming slang for the word 'look' is 'butcher's hook'). When only the first word of the replacement phrase is used, as is usual, the meaning is difficult to guess (ie 'butchers' = 'look'). Rhyming slang began 200 years ago among the London east-end docks builders. Cockney rhyming slang then developed as a secret language of the London underworld from the 1850's, when villains used the coded speech to confuse police and eavesdroppers. Since then it's continued to grow and reflect new trends and wider usage. Many original cockney rhyming slang words have now entered the language, users largely oblivious to their beginnings."
If you wanted a web site about curry and not the world's best Irish singer, try www.rubymurray.com.This page has been viewed 12645 times since 2002-11-23.