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  • Ruby Murray Flavoured Pot Noodles – YES!

    Check this out - spottted in a local Sainsbury's - Ruby Murray flavoured noodle-in-a-pot type snack. Fork inside!

  • The Old Baked Plum

    This is a new one on Uncle Fred - Baked Plum obviously means bum. Here's some Cockney graffiti found in 1986 celebrating the legend that was Rupert Murdoch.

  • Nice Cup of Rosie Lee

    Goddards at Greenwich is offering a nice cup of Rosie Lee. Thanks for the lovely Cockney Rhyming Slang folks.

  • Cockney Slang in the Wild – Ruby Murray Indian Takeaway

    Apparently Cockney slang has firmly crossed the borders into bonny Scotland, land of the Sweaty Socks, where we found this fine Indian takeaway named after our favourite legend, Ruby Murray. By the way, in case you hadn’t worked it out – Ruby Murray is Cockney Rhyming Slang for curry.

  • Cockney Slang in the Wild – The Rosy Lea Cafe, Wimbledon

    Here’s a photo of the Rosy Lea Cafe at 186 The Broadway, Wimbledon captured in March 2016. Rosy Lea is of course Cockney slang for tea, so there are a lot of cafes with the same name. If you have spotted any establishments named after Cockney slang, please get in touch, especially if you have […]

  • Ronnie Barker – Rhyming Slang Sermon

    Here’s the peerless Ronnie Barker delivering a sermon in Cockney rhyming slang. How he manages to keep that poker face going throughout we’ll never know. Here are some of the phrases he uses: Cain and Able Table Hampstead Heath Teeth Trouble and Strife Wife Bricks and Mortar Daughter Tea Leaf Thief Bees and Honey Money Burton […]

  • You What? He’s Ukrainian

    Michael can’t claim to be the world’s first Ukrainian Cockney as people of his ilk have been milling around the area for donkeys years. But he’s proud to have been born with his bottle of cola (bowler) within the sound of Bow Bells. You What? He’s Ukrainian – a one man show by freelance journalist […]

  • Origin of Ruby Murray for Curry

    We often discuss how curry came to be slangified into Ruby Murray. Maybe it’s cos we can’t stop eating the stuff. Anyway, here’s a great story from Jeff Ives who claims to have invented the slang. Jeff writes: “Shame on me, but I have just seen your website for the first time and noted a […]

  • Cockney Accent Fun

    My name is Jade Joddle (left side of the video) and I grew up in Elephant and Castle, ‘Saaf Lahndan’. People are often surprised to find out about my origins because I do not speak with a Cockney accent anymore. However, I can easily switch into the Cockney accent because my family are born and […]

  • How Much Cockney Rhyming Slang Do You Use?

    We’re sometimes asked to help a student out with their academic research. We’re very happy to help if we can. So can you help out someone who’s fascinated by the Cockney lingo and is doing some important research? Emilie is a student at Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz in Germany. She writes: “I have spent 8 wonderful months […]


Each slang is ranked and rated by real Cockney speakers. Rate any slang as:


    Widely-used and recognised as Cockney Rhyming Slang from the good old days. Example: Apples and Pears

    It might be brand new rhyming slang but if you've heard it used, rate it Modern. Example: Pete Tong

    Never heard it being used? Reckon it's fake? What a load of old Pony. Rate it Mockney!


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