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09 March 2013


A beginner's guide to Cockney Rhyming Slang
Dictionary of Cockney
Cockney rhyming slang list

The Brit List: 15 Cockney Rhyming Slang Terms

Cockney rhyming slang explained

Cockney rhyming slang: contextual examples (The trouble's been shopping again) MY WIFE

Money slang (so that you can understand the picture above). More money slang here.

Some phrases have entered common British speech and are used daily without any awareness of their Cockney origins. Examples include:
  • use your loaf (loaf of bread = head)
  • have a butcher’s (butcher’s hook = look)
  • cobblers – rubbish (cobbler’s awls = balls)
  • porkies (pork pies = lies)
  • donkeys (donkeys’ ears = years)

QI Cockney Rhyming Slang: 

A Lesson with Stephen Fry - BBC

Transcript here

Explanation of the Cockney rhyming slang used in this episode:

Stephen Fry: Tonight, we're talking Cockney rhyming slang, so without further tea for [tea for two: ado], let's have a butcher's [butcher's hook: look] at our four bulletproofs [bulletproof vests: guests].
They're all three stops down from Plaistow [Barking (on the London Underground): mad], but never mind, let's Georgie [Georgie Best: test] their orientals [oriental bazaars: buzzers].
Bill: You want me to Ursula Andress [press] me Jenson [Jenson Button: button]?
Phil: Would you like me to Eartha [Eartha Kitt: hit] my Dingly [Dingly Dell: bell]?
Stephen Fry: Now, tonight, any flamencos [flamenco dances: answers] you give in Pyong [Pyong Yang: slang] score Barney [Barney Rubble: double]. And I'll also give you two Sundays [Sunday joints: points] if, at any nickel and dime [time] . . . you woman [woman-who-does: buzz] in and want to lubricant [lubricant gel: tell] me . . . what I'm on about.


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