Tex Ritter Cockney Rhyming Slang
Tex Ritter is cockney rhyming slang for bitter beer
💬 “I’ll have a pint of Tex“
Tex Ritter was a cool cowboy singer and actor. Born in 1905 in Texas, he had this deep, booming voice that made him perfect for singing country and Western songs. He also tried his hand at acting in cowboy movies.
He became a big deal in the 1930s and 1940s, known for hits like “I’m Wastin’ My Tears on You” and “Deck of Cards.” Tex was like the real-deal cowboy, too – he even worked on a ranch before making it big in showbiz.
One of his most famous songs, “High Noon,” was from a movie with the same name. It won an Oscar, and Tex’s version is a classic. He had a way of telling a story in his songs that just stuck with people.
Tex Ritter left his mark on country music and cowboy culture, and his legacy lives on through his music and films.
He passed away in 1974, but his contributions to country and Western music continue to be remembered and appreciated.
Ritter was most famous just when the “second wave” of cockney rhyming slang was being created. His voice was well-known on British radios. So it’s not too surprising that his name passed into cockney rhyming slang. The most common translation of Tex Ritter is “bitter” (as in the beer). But it has other, ruder, variations too.
Submitted by Steve Carter.
First submitted on March 24, 2014.