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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…
 
 
 
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English
 
Slang
 
Usage
 
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
.
Alone
 
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]
 
Arm
 
Chalk Farm
 
He broke his chalk.
 
Army
 
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']
 
Arse
 
April in Paris
 
I’m ‘aving terrible trouble with me April
.
Arse
 
Aristotle=Bottle=Bottle andGlass=Arse; therefore,Aris=Arse
 
I gave him a good kick up the Aris. See also bottle.
 
Arse
 
Bottle and Glass
 
I gave him a good kick up the bottle.
 
Arse
 
Khyber Pass
 
Stick it up your khyber.
 
Arse
 
Rolf Harris
 
She kicked him in the Rolf.
 
Arsehole
 
Elephant & Castle
 
He's a bit of an elephant.
 
Arsehole
 
Jam Roll
 
That geezer is a right jam roll.Arsehole
 
Merry Old Soul
 
‘e’s a bit of a merry old soul.
 
Aunt
 
Mrs. Chant
 
He didn't know what to get his Mrs. Chant forChristmas
.
Back
 
Cadbury Snack
 
Me cadbury's playing me up
.
 
 
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Back
 
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
.
Back
 
Union Jack
 
My old Union Jack's giving me gyp something chronic
.
Bad
 
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.
 
Banana
 
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]
 
Bank
 
Cab Rank
 
I won't be long - just going to the cab rank
.
Bank
 
Iron Tank
 
He lost his house to the iron.
 
Bank
 
J. Arthur Rank
 
Gotta get a cock & hen from the J Arthur
.
Bank
 
Sherman Tank
 
He's off to the Sherman.
 
Bank
 
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.
 
Barber
 
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]
 
Barrow
 
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"]
 
Bath
 
Steffi Graf
 
I’m just going for a steffi.
 
Bed
 
Uncle Ted
 
I'm off to Uncle Ted.
 
Beer
 
Pig's Ear
 
Can I buy you a pig?
 
Beers
 
Brittney Spears
 
'ow about a Brittney?" [Brittney Spears is a popularsinger]
 

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