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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 […]

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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 […]

You What? He's Ukrainian!

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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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How to Remember Cockney Money Slang

Cockney slang for money isn’t always easy to remember. Is a Pony £25 or £50? What’s a Bullseye? Is a Monkey £200 or £500? Anyway, here’s a poem that’ll help you to learn Cockney money slang. And this is only the tip of the iceberg! We have a complete dictionary of London money slang. A […]

Cockney Money Slang