There will be no porkies here just a straightforward guide to keep you out of Barney on your next trip to London. Let me explain: Cockney slang is a collection of rhyming phrases that Cockneys aka London locals use. The phrase usually consists of two words with the latter rhyming with the desired meaning; however, sometimes only the first word — the non-rhyming one — is spoken. No problem! It began in the East End of London during the middle of the 19th century. Traders, factory workers, and even thieves are believed to have started it as a way to communicate without the police, their customers, and their bosses understanding what was going on. Crafty Cockneys! It has developed over the years, and, although not an essential part of daily London life anymore, locals still create seemingly strange phrases that continue to confuse, so knowing a few Cockney phrases can prove very useful indeed and at the very least, entertaining. Here are some of the most famous phrases that you might well hear on your next trip to London. In the weird and wonderful world of Cockney rhyming slang, Al Capone — the notorious US gangster — means exactly the same as a dog and bone.
Rhyming slang is believed to have originated in the midth century in the East End of London, with sources suggesting some time in the s. It dates from around among the predominantly Cockney population of the East End of London who are well-known for having a characteristic accent and speech patterns. It remains a matter of speculation whether rhyming slang was a linguistic accident, a game, or a cryptolect developed intentionally to confuse non-locals. If deliberate, it may also have been used to maintain a sense of community. It is possible that it was used in the marketplace to allow vendors to talk amongst themselves in order to facilitate collusion, without customers knowing what they were saying. Jonathan is a consummate Anglophile who launched Anglotopia. Londontopia is its sister publication dedicated to everything London. Could be a reference to the seventies and eighties when a lot of people had brass tacks on their fireplaces or walls because it was the thing to have at the time. Brass tacks were used by vendors or purveyors of textile material.
As alarmist headlines go, they were pretty puzzling. So what was the source of all this anxiety? Ala is short for alabaster. Alabaster is a material related to plaster of Paris.
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