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Cockney Rhyming Slang from London

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Slang by subjects

We've grouped some of the slang by subject area to make it easier for you to find the perfect expression!

Money
From a few shillings to a bag of grand, there are dozens of Cockney phrases about money. Cockney money slang
Weather
There's nothing Londoners love talking about more than the weather.

Cockney weather slang

Body
From the amusing to the downright rude, Cockney body slang is bound to cheer you up.

Cockney body slang

What is Cockney rhyming slang anyway?

From its roots in the marketplaces and back alleys of Victorian east London, Cockney rhyming slang emerged first as a thieves cant, a secret language used by the semi-criminal types. Via a long and chequered history, falling in and out of fashion, to its place embedded in British culture, we look at what CRS is, how it developed, and what it's future might hold. 

What is Cockney rhyming slang?


Latest articles from the blog

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Amber Heard is New Cockney Rhyming Slang for Turd


Amber Heard is New Cockney Rhyming Slang for Turd
Some Cockney Rhyming Slang just invents itself. Following the recent acrimonious libel case between Johnny Depp and Amber Heard, in which Ms Heard was accused of leaving poop in Mr Depp's bed, we officially nominate "Amber Heard" as official Cockney Rhyming Slang for "Turd".

12-Jun-2022
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Cockney TV Ads


The finest and the worst Cockney accents in advertising, from the 60s to the present day!

3-Jan-2021
Cockney Slang in Books

Cockney Slang in Dickens - the Sayings of Sam Weller


Cockney Slang in Dickens - the Sayings of Sam Weller
The character of Sam Weller in Dickens' Pickwick Papers is one of the most flamboyant Cockney characters in Dickens.

30-Dec-2020

Important News


Important News

19-Apr-2020

New - The Cockney Lorem Ipsum Generator


New - The Cockney Lorem Ipsum Generator
Need some pure London-born Cockney Rhyming Slang Lorem Ipsum text to fill up your designs? Get it here, completely free!

30-Aug-2019
origins

Rediscovered English words


Rediscovered English words
Rediscovered English words

19-Oct-2017

Ride the Mail Rail Under London


Ride the Mail Rail Under London
Ride the Mail Rail Under London

18-Sep-2017

London Downpour Ends Heatwave


London Downpour Ends Heatwave
London Downpour Ends Heatwave

4-Sep-2017

Big Ben's Last Bong


Big Ben's Last Bong
Big Ben's Last Bong

25-Aug-2017

London Night Tube Anniversary


London Night Tube Anniversary
London Night Tube Anniversary

21-Aug-2017

London's Urban Foxes on the Increase


London's Urban Foxes on the Increase
There are upwards of 18 urban foxes per square km living in London. Fortunately they seem to leave the BALLs OF FAT and CHERRY HOGs alone.

17-Aug-2017

David Walliams' Cockney Character


David Walliams' Cockney Character
David Walliams' Cockney Character

7-Aug-2017

Has the Cockney Voice Gone for Good?


Has the Cockney Voice Gone for Good?
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.

2-Aug-2017

Cockney Rhyming Grub


Cockney Rhyming Grub
Cockney Rhyming Grub

14-Jul-2017

Andy Murray's Trouble and Strife is Cooking a Bin Lid


Andy Murray's Trouble and Strife is Cooking a Bin Lid
Andy Murray's Trouble and Strife is Cooking a Bin Lid

8-Jul-2017

Andre Agassi's Barnet was a Syrup


Andre Agassi's Barnet was a Syrup
Andre Agassi's Barnet was a Syrup

29-Jun-2017

The Queen's Clobber


The Queen's Clobber
The Queen's thoughts on Brexit.

21-Jun-2017
Cockney London

Cockney Rhyming Slang Featuring London Places


Cockney Rhyming Slang Featuring London Places
Cockney Rhyming Slang Featuring London Places

14-Jun-2017

What's Cockney for Jeremy Hunt?


What's Cockney for Jeremy Hunt?
What's Cockney for Jeremy Hunt?

14-Jun-2017

London Nude Bike Ride


London Nude Bike Ride
London Nude Bike Ride

8-Jun-2017

Popup PLONK Tasting in London


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.

29-May-2017
Food and Drink In The Wild

Ruby Murray Flavoured Pot Noodles - YES!


Ruby Murray Flavoured Pot Noodles - YES!
Check this out - spottted in a local Sainsbury's - Ruby Murray flavoured noodle-in-a-pot type snack. Fork inside!

29-May-2017

The Old Baked Plum


This is a new one on Uncle Fred - Baked Plum obviously means bum. Here's some Cockney graffiti found in 1986 celebrating the legend that was Rupert Murdoch.

10-May-2016

Nice Cup of Rosie Lee


Nice Cup of Rosie Lee

30-Apr-2016

Cockney Slang in the Wild - Ruby Murray Indian Takeaway


Cockney Slang in the Wild - Ruby Murray Indian Takeaway

17-Apr-2016

Cockney Slang in the Wild - The Rosy Lea Cafe, Wimbledon


Cockney Slang in the Wild - The Rosy Lea Cafe, Wimbledon

17-Apr-2016
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Ronnie Barker - Cockney Rhyming Slang Sermon from The Two Ronnies


Ronnie Barker - Cockney Rhyming Slang Sermon from The Two Ronnies
Ronnie Barker - Rhyming Slang Sermon

17-Jan-2016

You What? He's Ukrainian


You What? He's Ukrainian

27-Dec-2015
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Origin of Ruby Murray for Curry


Origin of Ruby Murray for Curry

8-Sep-2015

Cockney Accent Fun


Cockney Accent Fun

4-Feb-2015

How Much Cockney Rhyming Slang Do You Use?


How Much Cockney Rhyming Slang Do You Use?

17-Jul-2014

How to Remember Cockney Money Slang


How to Remember Cockney Money Slang

21-May-2014

A Cockney Jackanory


A Cockney Jackanory

27-Mar-2014

What is Cockney Rhyming Slang?


Cockney rhyming slang is a collection of rhyming phrases. It developed in the East End of London and is used by Cockneys and other British people.

17-Mar-2014

How Cockney Slang Earned One War Veteran a Beating


How Cockney Slang Earned One War Veteran a Beating

17-Dec-2013

Classic Cockney Adverts


Classic Cockney Adverts

2-Dec-2013

A Tea Leaf's Jackanory


A Tea Leaf's Jackanory

3-Nov-2013

Tribal punk cockney jazz soul poetry, yeah!


Tribal punk cockney jazz soul poetry, yeah!

12-Sep-2013

London's Filthiest Place Names Revealed


London's Filthiest Place Names Revealed

4-Sep-2013

Cockney Accent is 'Sexiest'


Cockney Accent is 'Sexiest'

24-Apr-2013

Is David Beckham a Cockney?


Is David Beckham a Cockney?

17-Apr-2013

Make Sure Your Kid is Born a Cockney


Make Sure Your Kid is Born a Cockney

1-Apr-2013

Competition: One Man, Two Guvnors


Competition: One Man, Two Guvnors

23-Feb-2013

Call the Midwife


Call the Midwife

20-Feb-2013

Have a Cockney Christmas!


Have a Cockney Christmas!

28-Nov-2012

London Voices - Rory McLeod - Singer/Musician


London Voices - Rory McLeod - Singer/Musician

22-Oct-2012

Daily Cockney Olympic Slang :-)


Daily Cockney Olympic Slang :-)

26-Jul-2012

I'm Hank Marvin


I'm Hank Marvin

4-Jul-2012

Cockney Cash Machine Song


Cockney Cash Machine Song

11-Jun-2012

You Speak Cockney Slang - But You Don't Even Know It


You're using Cockney Rhyming Slang and you didn't even know it. Here are the top ten Cockney sayings that you probably use every day without even knowing you were speaking Cockney!

3-May-2012

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


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

12-Apr-2012

Is Cockney Rhyming Slang Dead?


Is Cockney Rhyming Slang Dead?

4-Apr-2012

The Cockney Bible


The Cockney Bible

15-Dec-2011

If It Wasn't For The 'Ouses in Between


If It Wasn't For The 'Ouses in Between

21-Nov-2011

Two-Bob Controversy


Two-Bob Controversy

12-Oct-2011

It's the London Cockney Olympics 2012!!!


It's the London Cockney Olympics 2012!!!

18-Aug-2011

Trolleys! Are They Just a Load of Pants?


Trolleys! Are They Just a Load of Pants?

18-Jul-2011

Original Cockney Translator Dies


Original Cockney Translator Dies

25-Mar-2011

Understanding Cockney Rhyming Slang


Understanding Cockney Rhyming Slang

22-Jan-2010

More on Cockney Counting


More on Cockney Counting

10-Jan-2010

More on Cockney Counting


More on Cockney Counting

10-Jan-2010

More on Cockney Counting


More on Cockney Counting

10-Jan-2010

Help Needed: Obscure Cockney Phrases


Help Needed: Obscure Cockney Phrases

10-Jan-2010

Cockney Nicknames


Cockney Nicknames

10-Jan-2010

Only Fools and Horses - Toby for Road


Only Fools and Horses - Toby for Road

25-Nov-2009

Bristol Cities - why Bristol?


Bristol Cities - why Bristol?

19-Nov-2009

Australian Money Slang


Australian Money Slang

19-Nov-2009

Why is "Kite" Cockney Slang for Cheque?


Why is "Kite" Cockney Slang for Cheque?

19-Nov-2009

The Sweeney slang - What's a Peter?


The Sweeney slang - What's a Peter?

30-Oct-2009

Why is Curry Called Ruby Murray?


Why is Curry Called Ruby Murray?

30-Oct-2009

Australian Rhyming Slang


Australian Rhyming Slang

12-Oct-2009

More on Cockney Money Slang


More on Cockney Money Slang

7-Oct-2009

A Bit of Wembley - Ian Dury and The Blockheads


A Bit of Wembley - Ian Dury and The Blockheads

18-Sep-2009

Pearly Kings and Queens


Pearly Kings and Queens

15-Sep-2009

Cockney Counting


Cockney counting - an system for counting dominoes or anything else.

15-Sep-2009

Apples and pears

This is the best-known rhyming slang out there. Let's take a look at it's origins. 

Apples and pears

Dog and bone

This slang is even used by non-Cockneys. It simply means "Phone". 

 


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