Cockney Rhyming slang is a coded language invented in the nineteenth century by Cockneys so they could speak in front of the police without being understood. It uses a phrase that rhymes with a word, instead of the word itself – thus ‘stairs’ becomes ‘apples and pears’, ‘phone’ becomes ‘dog and bone' and ‘word’ becomes ‘dicky bird’. It can become confusing when sometimes the rhyming part of the word is dropped: thus ‘daisies’ are ‘boots’ (from ‘daisy roots’).
A cockney traditionally is a person born within hearing distance of the sound of Bow bells, meaning within the sound of the bells of the Church of St Mary Le Bow in Cheapside, London, EC2 and refers to an East London accent, however to most people living outside London the term Cockney means a Londoner.
by Tony Scott. a Londoner now living in the US.
The cockney language can be traced back to the early part of the 19th Century, when Sir Robert Peel formed the first Police force stationed at Bow Street, London. They were known as the Bow Street Runners, Peelers and even Bobbies (Robert - Bob). This was in 1824, and the slang, as mentioned above, was to hide the true meaning of discussions from both the Police and the nonces (informers for the Police).
Examples of Cockney Rhyming Slang
|Adam and Eve
||I don't Adam and Eve it!
|Apples and Pears
||Get yer Bacons up the Apples and Pears.
|Army and Navy
||Pass the Army and Navy.
||I've got an Artful to help pay the rent.
|Bacon and Eggs
||You have got a lovely set of Bacons.
||I have just got my Barnet chopped.
||I shook him by the Brass.
|Bread and Honey
||I wish I had loads of Bread.
||Take a Butcher's at that!
||See ya Slater.
||I'm Cream Crackered!
||The Currant Bun's hot today.
||I'll give you a lift in the Danny.
||He hasn't said a Dicky bird in hours.
|Dog and Bone
||She's always on the Dog.
||Ain't seen you in Donkeys.
||Ham'n'cheesy does it.
||Me Jam Jar's Cream Crackered.
||I really need to go for a Jimmy.
||It was Lemon, mate.
|Loaf of Bread
||He rarely using his loaf of bread.
||Everything?s gone Pete Tong.
|Plate of Meat
||I was walking down the Plate...
|Plates of Meat
||I've been on me Plates all day.
|Pork Pies (Porkie Pies)
||He's always telling Porkies.
|Rabbit & Pork
||She Rabbits on a bit.
Let's Rabbit and Pork.
|Richard the Third
||That bloke's a complete Richard.
||Flying Squad (Police)
||Here come the Sweeney.
|Syrup of Figs
||Check out the Syrup on 'is head.
||Watch it, he's a bloody Tea Leaf.
|Weasel & Stoat
||Pull on yer Weasel.
|Whistle and Flute
||I just got a new Whistle.
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