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Cockney Rhyming Slang - A Beginner's Guide

  • by steven218
  • posted Aug 03, 2007
  • 56 Comments

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pinksurfboard

cockney is a highly underused and unappreciated form of communication.
this shirt rocks.

catt_231

I hope folks outside the UK get this! it's cool :D

wullagaru
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this is great i do also hope that more americans /non UKers will get it

Krakaboom
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Alexandra Marie: These arejust some terms popularly used by the Cockneys in England. So 'apples and pears' means stairs, so someone might say "We'll just take the apples and pears to the second floor."

Hurray Beer

Guess what Hero ryhmes with!

kihou

Robert DeNiro?

hforhello

I like the idea but the design is a bit on the messy side.

mhonea

i am intrigued by this, but really just don't understand...

TONICACAT

I love the idea! You can get a good list of slang on the Lock Stock DVD.

Aprilmayjune

i dont get it... D: but it does look interesting. :)

da Face

This is great. $5

Spam69

Ok, I love that people don't get this and lets face it why should they. Cockney rhyming slang originated in London as a way of talking in code so that coppers ( police ) wouldn't know what you were talking about. Some of it is now part of the English language ( in the U.K ) as a whole eg. Telling a porkie = pork pie = lie. Other slang is more centred around just London and changes all the time. Some of it I think is great but alot of it is just an affectation ( why say Current Bun when you can say the word sun which is much shorter ? ) As for the T - good concept but could have been done better.

Atrix

I would totally wear this, my friends are always making fun of me for using English words/phrases that they don't understand.

And cockney slang makes me happy. $5.

PBmeetsJ

yay for cockney slang! :)
but i don't like the shirt so much.

mj00
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I looove cockney rhyming slang, but to me it's not a great fit for the shirt medium.

d3d
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lol. awesome.

livodl

So, they replace a word that's rhymes with the word they actually mean? And the person that they're talking to will get it because it's in context?

For example:

Non-cockney: Let' take the train to the park.

Cockney: Let's take the horse's mane to the park.

If I understand this correctly, it sounds super fantastic.



Mr Rocks
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I took a butchers at this, and knew there'd be Barny Rubble. If I wasn't Hank Marvin for a Ruby Murray in my Darby, I'd wip off me syrup and let this sweaty know this design is the muts nuts.

Not bad for a kiwi huh Steve? $5

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jpiatt
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This is mirrored as smell.

phones

i'm a low down dirty dog. grrrrrrr

Tonteau
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It would be "I'd love to give you a lady"

You're not supposed to say the word that rhymes.

(matthijs)
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makes a great tee

TatteredToo

I'm in the US and not as cultured as others in the linguistics of other countries, especially not France, but I love this. The scratchy, 'messy' look that others describe really clashes well with the green shirt, and I got the concept right away even though I'd never heard of Gockney before. Indeed, perfect for beginners. :) I love it.

UpsAndDowns

This is cool, I'm just to lame and American to have understood it without all the explanation comments. Also, I'm starting to get annoyed with the SellWowGold.

UpsAndDowns

*TOO lame and American. See what I mean? Haha.

funkyfuel

Britneys = Beers (spears)

funkyfuel

Britneys = Beers (spears)

Icky Thump

WHAT????????!!!!!!!!!!! 5

steven218
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cheers for the comments so far ppl, but it looks like this one is heading down the gary glitter… ;)

invernokl

not bad mate

Tess Fondie

lol i only knew porkypie- well it says prok pie but thats the way my boyfriends family says it, i hope this wins- 5$

chittytayBANG

call me american..
I don't get it..

ctiller

American... no clue....

erple

I'm liking it. But if it doesn't get up then I'm sure there's a design lurking about involving the gary glitter...

freshview

I love that people are using the American card to cover for ignorance. Cockney slang is SUPER popular, it's in all kinds of shows and movies... how have you people never heard of this?

angelune

i needed this! i can never remember any cockney except Dog-and-bone and dame-judi-dench.

angelune

oh but also i'd like it in a diff't color. maybe brown?

Krakaboom
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Is 'Gary Glitter' supposed to be 'shitter'? Because that's just gross - and yet strangely appropriate.

steven218
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haha, yeah that's what gary glitter means :)

RaveDave

Some cockney rhyming slang is gloriously convoluted - my favourite is the slang for anti-american sentiment: Listerine

comes from anti-septic (septic tank being slang for Yank)

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escort2

this doesn't make sence.

i like that!!!!!!!

deboraborialis

I love it! It'll look good on my thrupennys!

Thrupenny bits=tits

deboraborialis

Since so many Americans don't get it, it may not get the score it deserves.

deboraborialis

check out the tom on that richard.

deboraborialis

^check out the jewellery on that woman
(tom foolery=jewellery
Richard III=bird=woman)

karma666

i don't understand how people aren't "getting it" when the shirt itself is an introduction to the concept.
p.s. i'm totally septic

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