Posted by Bruce Kahl on December 05, 2001
In Reply to: Cockney Rhyming sland X 2 posted by Gary on December 05, 2001
: : Does anyone know the origin of the Cockney term "Drum" as in "Im going back to my drum", flat or house. In addition to this, I d also like to know where the Hippy slang Pad came from. This also means flat or house.
: Drum isn't rhyming slang. It originates from the 18th century name for a riotous party at a private house - the name relating to the noisiness. The party at the house and the house itself later became synonymous.
: Don't know about pad, although it is pre-hippy. Beatniks used it commonly in the 1950s. In William Brohaugh's English Through the Ages he lists it as meaning 'bed or residence' by 1720.
I see a pad as a mat or cushion which can be rolled up in the morning and unrolled in the evening so you can use it to "crash" at your "pad".