Cockney Rhyming Slang

Olympics Special – We’re all ‘Mockney’s’ now!


Or should I say Manckney’s?

When President John F Kennedy uttered those immortal words nearly 50 years ago ‘Ich bin ein Berliner’, he didn’t mean that he was changing nationality. Rather, he had an affinity with them and was standing arm in arm.

That’s how I feel about the London Olympics. I’m not a Londoner (though I have married one), but I’m going to throw myself into the whole experience. And the arrival of the Olympic Torch in MancLand last weekend has got me right in the mood. Even Kylie has become a Cockney!


Cockney Kylie


So in anticipation I feel it’s important to be prepared and have therefore consulted! And would you Adam and Eve (believe) it, there’s more Cockney Rhyming Slang in our every day language than I’d thought.

While we all know about Apples and Pears (stairs) and Hank Marvin (starving) –>> see the hilarious clip below:




Here are a few more just to jog your memory – and while you’re at it, check out the Cockney translator and the Cockney Cash Machine song!

Boracic Boracic Lint Skint

Porkies Porkie Pies Lies

Loaf Loaf of Bread Head

Plonk Plinkety Plonk vin Blanc (Wine)

Todd Todd Sloane Alone

Donkey’s Ears Donkey’s Ears Years

Syrup Syrup of Figs Wig

Bristols Bristol Cities Titties


And for some more unusual ones!

Brass Flute = Prostitute. Katie Price = Nice. Chuffedterbits = Tits. George Bush = Mush (Face). Holy Ghost = Toast. Tony Blair = Chair. James Dean = Keen. Merchant Navy = Gravy. Wrigley’s Gum = Bum.


Not to be outdone by the Londoners, I’ve been working on my own ‘Manckney’ Rhyming Slang!

It was looking a bit Lowry (LS Lowry – showery), so put on me Bellevue (Bellevue Dogs – clogs) and went to call for a mate. She’s a right Salford (Salford Quays – tease). “Pooo – what a metro (Metro Link – stink) that’s a proper river (River Irwell – smell). It’ll bring me down Cheetham (Cheetham Hill – ill)”. “I feel a bit Boddies too (Boddingtons Beer – queer)” I said. “Let’s get out of here before turn into Wayne Rooney (Wayne Rooney …..)!

Yes, I know it’s a bit lame – so if you can do any better, leave a comment in the box below!

So, I’m feeling confident that I can communicate with the locals when I go down London to enjoy a full on Cockney Olympic experience!


Alison x  (your 4Manchester Women Editor)


Photographs: BBC Pictures

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2 thoughts on “Cockney Rhyming Slang

  1. Love it!
    As a ‘former’ Londoner and a common law Brightonian (that’s Brighton, on the South Coast!) – I have a couple of made up and some actual brighton related Cockney for you:
    Real Cockney –
    Palace Pier – ‘queer’ (sorry but I do live in Brighton) or gear – depending on your fancy!
    Brighton Rocks – socks

    Brighon-ockney -
    Hollingbury’s (place in Brighton) – Testicles – from actual cockney – Orchestra Halls = Balls – shortened to Orcs (interestingly and apologetically Orchiectomy is the removal of teste(s))

    Rubbish made up ones
    Brighton Pavillion – Million
    Choccy – from Choccywoccydoohdah – Far

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