If you stroll around London, you’ll still hear cockney rhyming slang used in everyday speech (as you will across the UK), but will you hear any true cockneys?
Cole Moreton bemoans the loss of the cockney voice in this piece for the Radio Times. And it’s true. With all the comings and goings, like in any big city, its inhabitants will eventually change. Their customs will change, their food will change, their culture will change and of course their language and accents will change.
Take a gander round some East End markets and play ‘spot a cockney’.
It is a shame to think such a well defined, iconic slice of British history has all but disappeared, but we, here at CockneyRhymingSlang.co.uk like to think we’re keeping a small part of that alive, by documenting the slang language true cockneys developed to disguise what was being said from passers-by. And cockney rhyming slang may be more in use than you know…