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Kendo
06-06-2001, 10:07 AM
It seems kind of unfair that 'cobblers' (to mean "Rubbish!" or "Nonsense!" or "What a load of ****") is used in the context it is. Actually, this is probably only used in the UK.

But anyway, what did cobblers do wrong? Why pick on them?

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dylan_73
06-06-2001, 10:20 AM
From http://www.takeourword.com/Issue085.html


The British expression cobblers meaning "nonsense" derives from cobblers' awls, Cockney rhyming slang for "balls" (testicles).

...which seems kind of unfair on testicles, but there you have it.

GrizzRich
06-06-2001, 10:25 AM
mmMMMmmmm...
I love cobblers....
Peach or cherry...
served still hot, with a big scoop o' vanilla ice cream on it.




Huh?






What?






ooOOOOOooohhh! I see.




never mind.

Opengrave
06-06-2001, 12:14 PM
I thought this was about the guys who promise your shoes on the 14th but when you show up and ask for them they say it will be at least another week.......

Kendo
06-06-2001, 12:35 PM
Okay, that's cool... but what the hoogly-moogly are "cobblers' awls"?

It might short for overawls...

bughunter
06-06-2001, 02:19 PM
An awl is a tool, similar to an ice pick, used to punch through leather so that it may be stitched or laced.

Cobblers make shoes out of leather.

Thus, cobbler's awls.