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October 1996

  1. RSM rhyming slang

    Rhyming slang

    Whilst Sir Bob is a knight of the realm as well as the Chancellor of Leeds Metropolitan University and even has a library at Sunderland University named after him, there are very few achievements that…

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    Whilst Sir Bob is a knight of the realm as well as the Chancellor of Leeds Metropolitan University and even has a library at Sunderland University named after him, there are very few achievements that are quite as individual as your name becoming a part of the legendary cockney rhyming slang.

    “I’m still flying around London in black cabs all the time, and sometimes still get asked if I’m ‘in a Bob Murray’ on my way to various places. I think the first time I heard it was around 1996 when we floated the club on the stock exchange, and I’m not sure if it was a complimentary thing because I was there in person and the taxi drivers recognised me or not, but It’s certainly a strange thing to hear”.

    Even if Bob is skeptical as to whether his name really is synonymous with being ‘in a hurry’ down south, this Expedia advert for holidaying in the UK would certainly agree with the former, even being translated at the bottom.

    It’s a pretty unusual seeing your name being translated back into your own language, but whether Bob Murray now means in a hurry in cockney slang, mockney slang, or still just means Bob Murray, being recognised in cabs and stories like this are “Not bad for a lad from Consett, eh?”

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