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1. Posted by Wocca (Inactive 3745 posts) 11y

The Cockney accent is generally considered one of the broadest of the British accents and is heavily stimatized. It is considered to epitomize the working class accents of Londoners and in its more diluted form, of other areas. The area and its colorful characters and accents have often become the foundation for British "soap operas" and other television specials. Currently, the BBC is showing one of the most popular soaps set in this region, "East Enders" and the characters? accents and lives within this television program provide wonderful opportunities for observers of language and culture.
Cockney English

How about some more examples of Cockney English (with translations) from other TPers ?

Here are some to get the ball rolling Cockney/English Dictionary
Bob Hope = soap
bo peep = sleep
butcher's hook = look
china plate = mate

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2. Posted by Rraven (Travel Guru 5924 posts) 11y

adam and eve - believe
plates of meet - feet
trouble and strife - wife

my family roots are showing through ;)

3. Posted by mim (Travel Guru 1276 posts) 11y

ha haaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah

For a nice example of cockney check out Lock stock and two smokin barrels (what a film)

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4. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 11y

Straight out of "Ocean's Eleven"...

Barney (Rubble) - trouble

(Probably the American take on Cockney)

5. Posted by daveh (Travel Guru 1027 posts) 11y

Apples 'n' pears - stairs
bubble 'n' squeaks - Greeks
Mind the Gaps - Japs
Having a giraffe - having a laugh
wilson (picket) - ticket (as in " have you brought your wilson yet")
Tiddly Winks (Chinks - chinese)
Forrest Gump - dump (the toilet variety)

6. Posted by Kristie79 (Full Member 225 posts) 11y

Sky Rocket - Pocket
Chevy Chase or Boat Race - Face
Nuclear Sub - Pub
Dog n' Bone - Phone

7. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 11y

How's one supposed to understand all that? It's like English but not English!

Does it make more sense when used in context?

8. Posted by lil j (Travel Guru 1303 posts) 11y

This post is screaming out to MATTXII-i think! if i have the right person!

Anyway i'm going to head off up the apples and pears (stairs) to do some work!

9. Posted by Wocca (Inactive 3745 posts) 11y

Quoting tway

How's one supposed to understand all that? It's like English but not English!

Does it make more sense when used in context?

This is what often really confuses north Americans, and others ... It isn't any easier when used in context

Fortunately Australians have already "inherited" quite a bit of the cockney rhyming slang

10. Posted by daveh (Travel Guru 1027 posts) 11y

There's a good scene in Austin Powers Goldmember where Austin and his dad (Michael Caine) revert to their native cockney slang in front of some American girls!!!