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Rosie Lee

Rosie Lee is Cockney slang for Tea.

"Cup of Rosie luv?"

Rosie Lee (or Rosy Lee) is one of the most well-known of all Cockney slang. In fact it has broken out and is used all over Britain.

Many people think it is named after Gypsy Rose Lee, the American stripper and burlesque artist. This is debatable but just possible - she was born in 1911 and the expression was first recorded in the 1920s.

Credit: contributed by Danny on 24-Mar-2014.


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