Posted by Barney on August 14, 2002

In Reply to: George posted by Gary on August 14, 2002

: : : I've been asked about this phrase, which I've not come across before:

: : : "There are two kind of guys, stiffs and Georges."

: : : Question is, who or what are the Georges?

: : I think you'll find that Georges are "George IIIs". At which point the phrase takes on a whole new meaning.

: That sounds plausible. Is that just a guess or have you come across the phrase before?

I've come across it a few times here in West London - not the natural home of the cockney - and dismissed it as another example of instant rhyming slang invented to impress and destined for a early death.