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20 December 2016, 16:09
Where does the phrase ‘that’s a load of cobblers’ come from?
Name: Steve, Maidstone
Qualification: once given a cockney rhyming slang book for Christmas which he always thought was an awful present until he heard this question on LBC.
Answer: it is cockney rhyming slang from ‘cobbler’s alls’. An ‘all’ is a pointy tool that cobblers use to put holes in shoes. ‘Cobblers alls’ rhymes with ‘balls’… ‘You’re talking a load of ball…’