More on Cockney Money Slang

Cockney Money Slang

Cockney Money Slang

Evidence of a much wider variety of Cockney slang for money is reaching us. For  example David Campbell writes:

“In the 50’s, we had a lodger who came from the East End, and was very well versed in things cockney. I asked him about money, amongst other things, and remember a marigold being a 3d, a Joey being 4d, a deener, a sprat,(I think 6d),a bob, 1 shilling. I think a half-crown was a tosheroon.”

And Lee explains the derivation of “Monkey” meaning £500 “a monkey was on the old 500 rupee note back in the raj”.

And Guy Westbrook writes: “Legem Pone – payment of money, cash down,” 1573, from first two words of the fifth division (HE) of Psalm 119, which begins the psalms at Matins on the 25th of the month; consequently associated with March 25, a quarter day in the old financial calendar, when payments and debts came due.

(Legem pone mihi Domine viam iustificationum tuarum: et exquiram eam semper.)

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4 responses to “More on Cockney Money Slang”

  1. S G says:

    A Joey is a silver threepenny bit. It resembles an American dime. My grandmother would hide one in a christmas pudding she made, and whoever found it had good luck. (Or a broken tooth…)

  2. richard says:

    Check these out..

    Derby Kelly = belly
    Douglas Hurd = Turd
    Eartha Kitt = Shit
    Fife and Drum = Bum
    Friar Tuck = Fuck
    Ghunga Dhin = chin
    Gregory Peck = Neck
    Gypsies Kiss = Piss
    Ham and Eggs = Legs

  3. phil says:

    A Jacksy is Five quid
    A cockel is ten quid
    A score is a tenner and a nifty is a fifty

  4. Joey is a silver threepenny bit. It resembles an American dime.