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Printable Cockney Rhyming Slang List and Quiz.

Updated on January 24, 2013

How can you have a conversation without people knowing what you are talking about? You could communicate using sign language, or whisper, or go somewhere private.

Or you could always do what they did in the East end of London in the middle of the 19th century and create your own use of slang words so that you could talk freely in public and yet no one else would have any idea what you were talking about.

Cockney rhyming slang was born of the desire to hide your activities and intentions from bodies such as, your employers, the police and the people who may inform your employer or police what you have been getting up to or what your planning on doing in the future.

The use of cockney rhyming slang wasn't designed for every 'Tom, Dick or Harry' to use, as that would defeat it's objective, however many of it's language has seeped into common use both in the UK and some foreign destinations.

Cockney rhyming slang is a much celebrated part of British culture that people in london especially still use today.



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How does cockney rhyming slang work?

I am going to take probably the most well known example of Cockney rhyming slang to demonstrate how it works in it's use of language:

If someone said to you 'get up those apples' you may well wonder what they were talking about, this statement suggests with this sentence that they would like you to 'get up those stairs'. This is because apples and pears is cockney rhyming slang for stairs.

As you can see from this example some of the terms are only half rhymes and you drop the second word,( if the slang term contains more then one word that is).

Good luck with the quiz and I hope you find the list below it useful.

List of words and threre cockney rhyming slang.

Word
Cockney rhyming slang
Suit
Whistle and Flute
Gin
Vera Lynn
Wife
Trouble and strife
Window
Tommy Trinder
Jewellery
Tom-foolery
Sick
Tom and Dick
Alone
Todd Sloane
Hat
Titfer/Tit for Tat
Theif
Tea Leaf
Wig
Syrup and Figs
Flying Squad
Sweeny Todd
Pocket
Sky Rocket
Sister
Skin and Blister
Snout
Salmon and Trout
Curry
Ruby Murrey
Pub
Rub-a-Dub
Trousers
Round the Houses
Turd
Richard the 3rd
Lies
Porky Pies
Tie
Peckham Rye
Fag
Oily Rag
Mouth
North and South
Deaf
Mutt and Jeff
Windy
Mork and Mindy
Eyes
Mince Pies
Head
Loaf of Bread
Flares
Lionel Blairs/Tony Blairs
Five Pounds/Fiver
Lady Godiva
Dance
Kick and Prance
Arse
Khyber Pass
Piano
Aunt Joanna
Piddle
Jimmy Riddle
Starving
Hank Marvin
Cheque
Gregory Peck
Road
Frog and Toad
Kid
Dustbin lid
Rent
Duke of Kent
Shoes
Dinky Doos
Shirt
Dicky Dirt
Word
Dicky Bird
Moan
Darby and Joan
Boots
Daisy Roots
Ten
Cock and Hen
Arm
Chalk Farm
Daughter
Bricks and Mortar
Facts
Brass Tacks
Soap
Bob Hope
Boozer
Battlecruiser
Cousin
Bakers Dozen

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