Popup PLONK Tasting in London

Did you know that “plonk” is really Cockney Rhyming Slang? The rhyme is PLINKETY PLONK, which rhymes with vin Blanc. It also echoes the sound of wine pouring into a glass. Very clever. It’s one of those Cockney slangs that you probably use without even knowing it’s Cockney Rhyming Slang.

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 […]

Listen to CockneyRhymingSlang.co.uk’s Gordon Smith speak on NPR

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

Bristol Cities – why Bristol?

Les Williams writes: “Why Bristols (city)and not London or Cardiff eg Perhaps Bristol planes?” Good question! The slang is Bristol Cities, and this comes from the football team. I’m talking about Bristol City here, not Bristol Rovers, right? That’s the main reason. Also there is a theory that it caught on because “Bristol” and “Breast” […]