Learn English slang | Trouble and strife

Learn English slang with the rhyming slang expression trouble and strife. Who is the trouble and strife and what does it really mean? Watch this video lesson to find out and understand English slang better…

Hear the English slang expression trouble and strife used in context in this old British Pathé newsreel from 1943. It's really funny to hear how some people used to talk!

Finally, learn about the origins of Cockney rhyming slang as well as a few more popular expressions in this video from BBC America's Anglophenia...

So what are your favourite slang expressions in English and what do you do to remember them? Put your ideas in the comments below…


Trouble and strife rhymes with 'wife'. So...this is quite an old-fashioned expression, but men who use the rhyming slang trouble and strife use it to refer to their wife.

'Strife' is just another word for 'trouble', so it's like 'trouble and trouble'. I can't imagine why men would use this expression to describe their wives but at least it rhymes with 'wife'!

Very often the expression is shortened down to just trouble, so a guy might say: "I'm going home to see the trouble!" or "I'm going out tonight with the trouble and strife".

"If I get home late from work then the trouble and strife will be really angry with me!"

Trouble and strife - wife!