Vernacular from the Betting Ring

Before The Wattmeister was mopping up the Muswell Hill Peloton over 50s ‘B’ team sprint in Regents Park, he spoke the language of the racecourse. Here is a small example of the lingo used by bookmakers and their staff regarding numbers and amounts……also sometimes used to relay the odds of the dogs and horses….although the odds have a different argot.

One pound……………a ‘quid’ or a ‘nicker’.

Two…………………….a ‘bottle’ (most often used as two hundred).. or a ‘bice’.

Three…………………..a ‘carpet’

Four…………………….a ‘rouf’ (pronounced ‘rofe’).

Five……………………..a ‘ching’ or a ‘hand’, or a ‘jacksie’ (fiver)

Six……………………….’half a stretch’ or ‘ex’.

Seven……………………a ‘neves’, (pronounced ‘nevis’).

Eight…………………… a ‘T…H’  (as in Tea Haitch).

Nine……………………..’Enin’ (pronounced ‘eeenin’).

Ten……………………….a Cock & Hen or a cockle.

Eleven……………………’Elef’.

Twelve……………………should be a ‘stretch’ but rarely heard as such.

Twenty……………………a ‘score’ or an ‘apple’… (apple core rhyming slang for score).

Twenty five………………A pony , a macca or a maccaroni.

Thirty three……………..’Double carpet’.

Fifty……………………….a ‘nifty’ or ‘bullseye’.

One hundred…………….a ‘ton’, a ‘oner’ (pronounced ‘wunner’).

Two hundred…………….a ‘bottle’.

Five hundred…………….a ‘monkey’.

One thousand……………a ‘grand’, or its rhyming slang, a ‘bag of sand’.

Nowadays however, The Wattmeister is ‘borassic lint’, which is rhyming slang for ‘skint’.

Happy New Year to all.

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