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Re: Made a ricket

Posted by Graham Cambray on March 01, 2009 at 23:53

In Reply to: Made a ricket posted by Chris on March 01, 2009 at 19:02:

: Can anyone tell me where the saying "made a ricket" originates from?

Not yet. I can only get so far.

There are entries in The New Partridge Dictionary of Slang and Unconventional English for:
Ricket, noun - A mistake (UK)
First recorded use: "It's in the law of averages that if you are chopping all day you must at some time make a ricket and chop your hand or something." -Frank Norman, Bang to Rights, p. 29. 1958; and the more recent:
Drop a ricket - To make a mistake (UK)
First recorded use: "I'd dropped a ricket on tape" - Lenny McLean, The Guv'nor., p. 188. 1998. cites the Oxford English Dictionary as defining it as criminals' slang (meaning "a blunder, mistake."), again from 1958. has two examples of Cockney rhyming slang:
Leg before wicket is London Cockney rhyming slang for a major mistake (ricket) [and also for "ticket"]
Raffle ticket is London Cockney rhyming slang for a mistake (ricket).
So it looks like "ricket" came first, and the rhyming slang after.

I'll leave this for a couple of days, and come back to it if nobody else has got an origin.

Sorry not to have got any further. (GC)