In his memoirs, war veteran Arthur Sykes recalled how he was captured by Communist troops while serving in Korea in 1951. Cockney Sykes, born in 1921 near St. Pancras, was a true Cockney speaker who made his war colleagues laugh with his rude songs and rhymes about the Koreans. But the Koreans weren’t so keen, […]
It’s official me old mates. The Cockney accent (as if we needed tellin’) is one of the sexiest accents there is. On men, anyway. A recent survey found the most sexiest accents are: Sexiest British accents for men: Irish Scottish West Country Cockney Oxford / Posh But unfortunately for the Twist and Twirls, a Cockney […]
Has Becks dropped his Cockney roots and turned Posh? Is Becks now Posh? Becks was born in Leytonstone, which is at the far end of the 1851 “sound of Bow Bells”, so for argument’s sake (let’s not get all silly about this) he was born a Cockney. And his accent was certainly “London” if not […]
The Bow Bells The sound of the bells of St Mary-le-Bow church, Cheapside, have been heard across London since medieval times. The church was built in 1080 and has been rebuilt several times, including by Sir Christopher Wren who rebuilt the church after being completely destroyed in the Great Fire of London. The church was […]
Often we’re asked what the London accent sounds like. Well, it’s a bit daft trying to describe it – it’s better to listen to real people speaking or singing isn’t it? So, we’ve decided to launch a series of articles about real people who speak in a London accent, with posts to videos or recordings of […]
Top ten rhyming slang you probablyuse but didn’t even know it Boracic Boracic Lint Skint Daffy Daffadown Dilly Silly Porkies Porkie Pies Lies Loaf Loaf of Bread Head Plonk Plinkety Plonk vin Blanc (Wine) Todd Todd Sloane Alone Aris Aristotle Arse Donkey’s Ears Donkey’s Ears Years Syrup Syrup of Figs Wig Bristols Bristol Cities Titties […]
We’re very sad to learn of the death of Smiley Culture, who passed on 15-Mar-2011. Smiley was a kind of ambassador for London-Jamaica culture, and had a big hit in the Eighties with “Cockney Translator”. So as a tribute, we’re posting this YouTube vid to help you translate between Jamaican patois and Cockney!
Roberta writes: “This is a great dictionary and web site ! In the old days Cockneys – at least my Victorian Cockney ancestors- were all known by a nickname . My great uncles for example were known as Speck ,Missel and Banger . I was dubbed Topsy by my grandfather when I was born, and […]