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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
You’re using Cockney Rhyming Slang and you didn’t even know it. Here are the top ten Cockney sayings that you probably use every day without even knowing you were speaking Cockney!
Was pleased to be asked to contribute to a programme on the US’s National Public Radio about London life. The piece focussed on the Olympic Games (the Sid James, as they’re being branded by Cockney-loving PR companies on the lookout for an opportunity). http://www.npr.org/2012/03/14/148574426/olympics-letter-from-london
This week the Museum of London (a fine institution – go there and mooch about for an afternoon) has declared that Cockney Rhyming Slang is “brown bread”. They surveyed 2000 people – 1000 in London, the rest elsewhere in the UK – on their knowledge of Cockney. Alex Werner, who curates the collections at the […]
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!
BlimeyStrewth writes: 1/2 Lamb (and calf) 1 Lost (and won) 2 Bottle (of glue) 3 Holy (see) 4 Stand (in awe) 5 Scuba (dive) 6 Fiddle (-sticks) 7 Exeter (in devon) 8 Fartoo (late; another explanation is that “far” is supposed to be “four” and “too” is supposed to be two – four times two […]
Richard writes: “My mum used the phrases: HOW’S YOUR BELLY OFF OF SPOTS” and “HOW’S YOUR MOTHER OFF OF DRIPPING”?” What do these phrases mean?
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 […]