Ready for Cockney Rhyming Slang?


Ahhh London, a mega-city, great metropolis and one of the finest places in the world. With millions of people living here, it’s an amazing place to get creative and find other like-minded people. After all, London has borne various famous writers such as William Shakespeare, E.M. Forster and Charles Dickens. But instead of the Queen’s English, you might find that some people are into their Cockney Rhyming Slang.


Although there are some disputes about the origins, it is thought that Cockney Rhyming Slang originated in the mid 1800s in East London. It was used by market traders, possibly to disguise what they were talking about when customers were around. Nowadays, the English do understand the most famous phrases, but it is still mainly heard just in East London.


Don’t make a Jaffa Cake, and check out our favourite phrases. Maybe it will inspire you in your latest Captain Cook.


(Jaffa Cake = mistake, Captain Cook = book)


Cockney rhyming slang: The old favourites (easy)


Dog and Bone = phone   Pass us the Dog and Bone


Apples and Pears = stairs   I’m going up the Apples and Pears


Trouble and Strife = wife   I’ve gotta get back to the Trouble and Strife


Butcher’s Hook = look   Go on, let me have a Butcher’s Hook


Brown bread = dead   He’s been brown bread for years


China plate = mate   Alright me old China plate?


Cockney rhyming slang: Slap bang in the middle (medium)


Apple pie = sky  Would you look at that Apple Pie?


Fat Boy Slim = gym   I’m just popping off to the Fat Boy Slim


Give and take = cake  Do you fancy a bit of give and take?


Rosie Lee = tea  I’ll have a nice cuppa Rosie Lee


Adam and Eve = believe   I don’t Adam and Eve it


Cockney rhyming slang: Down right difficult (hard)


Bottle and stopper = copper (policeman) Watch out, bottle and stopper coming


Dog’s Eye = meat pie   Give me a bit of Dog’s Eye then


Don Revie = bevvy (beverage/drink)  Are we going for a couple of Don Revie’s then?


Kettle and hob = fob (watch)  *Pocket watches used to be called fobs, hence how this kettle and hob (stove) came about*


Rattle and clank = bank  I’ve gotta go down the old rattle and clank before we have a few Don Revie’s tonight and I’m Scotch mist (pissed)


For more Cockney Rhyming Slang, head to this website. You never know, you might be so inspired you’ll create a Cockney character in your next novel, or even start your own slang!