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Reading the paper yesterday I encountered this passage:-

Desperately disappointed that the line-up of presenters for the BBC's relaunch of Top Gear does not include a disabled person. Most of the other boxes have been ticked - woman, black chap, foreigner, ginger, elderly man. But no room for a raspberry.

I would like to know what a raspberry is, in this context. I imagine it is rhyming slang for something not very politically correct. Aside from the usual meanings of the word, Green's Dictionary of Slang has raspberry-lander as Australian slang for Tasmanian, but that probably isn't what it meant.

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Quite interesting link, DISABILITY RHYMING SLANG. – Rathony Feb 15 at 11:10
I just searched the online Green's Dictionary and the rhyming slang is definitely there. – AmbroseChapel Feb 19 at 1:46
@AmbroseChapel Online, is it? Splendid. I was looking in the dead tree version. Perhaps not closely enough. – Brian Hooper Feb 19 at 6:46
up vote 18 down vote accepted

Raspberry ripple: cripple. Obviously no person of refined sensibility would use such a term, or even recognize it.

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Worth adding that Raspberry Ripple was once (still?) a popular type of ice cream (vanilla marbled with raspberry-flavoured/coloured 'compot'). – Dan Feb 15 at 11:02
@ColinFine: Urban dictionary is not a dictionary; it is a playground. (That said, I am sure this piece of rhyming slang is in dictionaries somewhere). – TimLymington Feb 15 at 11:52
@BiscuitBoy I can assure you that this piece of offensive rhyming slang has been in fairly common usage in the South East of the UK for many years. – Marv Mills Feb 15 at 13:02
@BiscuitBoy this is Cockney rhyming slang, which predates UrbanDictionary - and the internet - by quite a margin. – anaximander Feb 15 at 14:26
@BiscuitBoy it's the opposite here, UD is full of nonsense, but there are occasions when what it contains reflects more than the angry sexual frustration of its contributors. "Raspberry ripple" has had this pejorative meaning since at least 1986. Also the pattern is very much in keeping with rhyming slang patterns. – Jon Hanna Feb 15 at 16:50

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