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Cockney Rhyming Slang

Cockney Rhyming Slang



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Cockney Rhyming Slang
What's a Cockney?
A true Cockney is someone born within the sound of Bow Bells. (St Mary-le-Bow Church inCheapside, London). However the term Cockney is now loosely applied to many born outsidethis area as long as they have a "Cockney" accent or a Cockney heritage.The Cockneys have their own secret language known only to the working class and lowerclass people of London.The Cockney accent is heard less often in Central London these days but is widely heard inthe outer London boroughs, the London suburbs and all across South East England. It iscommon in Bedfordshire towns like Luton and Leighton Buzzard, and Essex towns such asRomford.
What's Rhyming Slang?
Rhyming Slang phrases are derived from taking an expression which rhymes with a word andthen using that expression instead of the word. For example the word "look" rhymes with"butcher's hook". In many cases the rhyming word is omitted - so you won't find too manyLondoners having a "bucher's hook" at this book, but you might find a few having a"butcher's".
Why is Cockney Rhyming Slang called so?
 A Cockney is a Londoner; the original definition was someone born near enoughto hear the bells of Bow, which meant people in the east of the city. The wordCockney means the egg of a cockerel (male hen) and was meant as an insult,implying dishonesty in business deals by trying to sell non-existent or low qualitygoods, or so the story goes. The term is now used happily and proudly by thepeople of the east and north of London, who regard themselves as the 'real'Londoners in a very cosmopolitan city where a lot of the population have come infrom other areas of the country or abroad.As well as having a distinctive pronunciation and many grammatical features, thelanguage of London is most notable for its Rhyming Slang. This consists of usinga phrase that rhymes, sounds the same, as the word you want to say, so'telephone' becomes 'dog and bone'. Unfortunately, many of the phrases thenlose the second word, making it very hard for the outsider to guess the originalmeaning; 'rabbit' for 'talk' comes from the phrase 'rabbit and pork', but fewwould be able to guess it.A lot of the original rhyming slang appeared among the market traders in theeast end of London in the 19th century, but it is still used and new words andphrases are being invented all the time. At the moment, it is very fashionable touse famous people's names, so the DJ Pete Tong is used meaning 'wrong'-'thing's have gone Pete Tong'.-
This table will help you to understand Cockney Rhyming Slang…
1st (first class degree)
Geoff Hurst
He managed a Geoff [Geoff Hurst was a soccerplayer]
2:2 (lower second classdegree)
Desmond Tutu
He’s got his Desmond.
3rd (third class degree)
Douglas Hurd
I got a Desmond but he only managed a Douglas
All Dayer (all daydrinking session)
Leo Sayer
Let's make it a Leo Sayer.
All Dayer (all daydrinking)
Gary Player
Let's make it a Gary Player
Jack Jones
He went to the pub all Jack.Alone
Pat Malone
I'm all pat tonight.Alone
Todd Sloan
Looks like I'm on my Todd tonight. [Todd Sloan was afamous jockey]
Chalk Farm
He broke his chalk.
Daft and Barmy
He was promoted in the daft.Army
Kate Karney
He's off and joined the Kate. [Kate Carney (1869-1950), a comedienne, was born into a music hallfamily in London. She made her first stageappearance at the Albert Music Hall, Canning Town,and later became famous for her cockney charactersongs. These songs established her at the top of thebill and she was described as 'The Cockney Queen']
April in Paris
I’m ‘aving terrible trouble with me April
Aristotle=Bottle=Bottle andGlass=Arse; therefore,Aris=Arse
I gave him a good kick up the Aris. See also bottle.
Bottle and Glass
I gave him a good kick up the bottle.
Khyber Pass
Stick it up your khyber.
Rolf Harris
She kicked him in the Rolf.
Elephant & Castle
He's a bit of an elephant.
Jam Roll
That geezer is a right jam roll.Arsehole
Merry Old Soul
‘e’s a bit of a merry old soul.
Mrs. Chant
He didn't know what to get his Mrs. Chant forChristmas
Cadbury Snack
Me cadbury's playing me up
Hammer and Tack
Ooh! Me 'ammer and tack's playing me up again.Back
Hat Rack
He fell off the roof and broke his hat rack
Union Jack
My old Union Jack's giving me gyp something chronic
Sorry and Sad
That dinner was a bit sorry.
Balls (testicles)
Berlin Walls
Me pants are too tight and making me berlins wobbly
Balls (testicles)
Cobbler's Awls
Go on! Kick him in the cobblers! [It also can be usedto express disbelief, such as "Cobblers! That's not theway it is."]
Balls (testicles)
Coffee Stalls
He gave him a kick in the corfies [The pronunciation iscorfie, not coffee]
Balls (testicles)
Niagara Falls
I got him in his niagara's.
Balls (testicles)
Orchestra Stalls
He nearly got hit in the orchestra
Balls (testicles)
Royal Albert Hall
I kicked this geezer straight in the Royal Alberts.
Gertie Gitana
I like a gertie on my cereal [Possibly an old music hallstar]Bank
Armitage Shank
I’m off to the armitage [Armitage Shank is the makerof fine porcelain fixtures found in washroomseverywhere]
Cab Rank
I won't be long - just going to the cab rank
Iron Tank
He lost his house to the iron.
J. Arthur Rank
Gotta get a cock & hen from the J Arthur
Sherman Tank
He's off to the Sherman.
Tommy Tank
I'm going 'round the tommy to pay in a gooses. [Seealso Wank
Bar (pub)
Jack Tar
I'm off to the Jack. [See also 'Alone' and Bar (pub)]Bar (pub)
Near and Far
I saw him at the near.
Dover Harbour
I’m off to Dover to get me barnet sorted.
Barking (mad)
Three stops down fromPlaistow
He’s three stops down from Plaistow [From theLondon Underground District Line]
Cock Sparrow
He's wheeling his cock 'round the market. [In the norththis expression can also refer to a friend, as in "Hellome old cock sparrow"]
Steffi Graf
I’m just going for a steffi.
Uncle Ted
I'm off to Uncle Ted.
Pig's Ear
Can I buy you a pig?
Brittney Spears
'ow about a Brittney?" [Brittney Spears is a popularsinger]

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