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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 […]

Ronnie Barker

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 […]


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 […]


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

A Cockney Jackanory

He came down the apples wearing his old westminster whistle and put on his titfer . He couldn’t go out with his barnet all over his boat. He was supposed to sausage a goose‘s for some bees for the trouble, but he was boracic, being on the rock and roll after getting the tin tack. He half […]



How Cockney Slang Earned One War Veteran a Beating

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, […]


Classic Cockney Adverts

Advertisers just love using Cockney accents to flog their gear. Maybe it’s cos the original Cockneys were the market traders, barrow boys and costermongers of the East London marketplace – they had to push their wares or starve! Anyway, whatever the reason, here’s a compilation of our top 10 favourite adverts featuring our beloved Cockney […]