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The famous rhyming dialect of East London. Cockneys have a very particular way of speaking, often dropping one or more words from their expressions e.g. so that 'knobbly knees' (keys) becomes simply 'knobblies'. They also, usually, pronounce 'my' as 'me', and 'and' as 'n'.

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AT HOME

Casa
Mickey Mouse (house)
In the Mickey Mouse at last... let's relax.


Porta
Roger Moore (door)
Shut that bloody Roger!


Chiavi
Knobbly knees (keys)
I was too drunk: I left me knobblies in the car. (me=my)


Scale
Apple and pears (stairs)
Mind out on the apple 'n' pears!


Tavolo
Cain and Abel (table)
This Cain's too small.


Telefono
Dog and bone (phone)
She spends hours on the dog.


Televisione
Wobbly jelly (telly)
Switch off the wobbly... I'm ready to drop.


Letto
Born 'n' bred (bed)
I'm too tired 'n' ready for born and bred.


Fiori
April shower (flower)
I'll buy her some aprils!


Libro
Captain Cook (book)
I've to read me Captain.(me=my)


Affitto
Burton on Trent (rent)
My Burton is too high!


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EATING AND DRINKING

Dieta
Brixton riot (diet)
You're right: she's so big but she never starts a serious Brixton.


Cena
Kidney punch (lunch)
It's late... just the time for a good kidney.


Spaghetti, maccheroni
Pony (maccaroni)
How about some pony with tomato 'n' cheese?


Zuppa
Tommy Tucker (supper)
I'll do with Tommy...


Curry
Ruby Murray (curry)
Indian people love cooking a good Ruby!


Formaggio
Stand at ease (cheese)
Give us a bit of stand!


Toast
Holy ghost (toast)
There's only one bit of holy left... anyone interested?


T
Rosie Lee
A mug of Rosie?


Dolce
Sexton Blake (cake)
Who wants a bit of the Sexton?


Acqua
Fisherman's daughter (water)
Ooh, I'm parched but, I'm runnin' out of fisherman.


Bottiglia
Aristotle (bottle)
One more Aristotle of wine?


Ghiaccio
Vincent Price (ice)
Nothing better than a good scotch with Vincent!


Birra
Pig's ear (beer)
So, you don't like pig's ear at all...


Birra Stella Artois
Nelson Mandela (Stella)
Another pint of Nelson?


Met
Cow 'n' calf (half)
For me just a cow 'n' calf, please.


Brandy
Fine 'n' dandy (brandy)
Yes please, some more fine 'n' dandy.


Gin
Mother's ruin (gin)
Mother's ruin 'n' tonic, please.


Rum
Tom Thumb (rum)
I'd prefer some Tom Thumb, instead of beer


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THE BODY AND CLOTHES

Faccia
Chevy Chase (face)
Hi, pretty Chevy!


Occhi
Mince pies (eyes)
What a lovely pair of mince pies!


Mano
German band (hand)
Pay attention Susan: he has wandering Germans!


Bocca
North 'n' south (mouth)
She's got such a big north 'n' south.


Collo
Bushel 'n' peck (neck)
I've a bushel ache.


Denti
Hampstead Heath (teeth)
Is that baking soda the secret of your white Hampsteads?


Capelli
Barnet Fair (hair)
I've just 'ad me Barnet cut. ('ad=had; 'me'=my)


Rasatura, radersi
Chas 'n' Dave (shave)
You look like a poor beggar... you should give yourself a Chas 'n' Dave.


Palle
Cobbler's Awis (balls)
You're talking Cobblers!


Culo
Khyber Pass (arse)
Too cold... I'm freezing me Khyber off! (me=my)


Gambe
Ham 'n' eggs (legs)
I'm cream crackered... I can't feel me ham 'n' eggs. (me=my)


Piedi
Plates of meat (feet)
Pay attention to your plates of meat whilst walking on the sand.


Puzzare
Pen 'n' ink (stink)
Blimey, what a pen 'n' ink! Don't you ever wash?


(Essere) Malato
(To be) Tom 'n' dick (sick)
He's still a bit Tommy.


Occhiali
Posh'n'Becks (specs)
I can't see a bleedin' thing without me Posh 'n' Becks! (me=my)


Pantofole
Day trippers (slippers)
Nothing better than me day trippers, after that big walk. (me=my)


Jeans
Harpers 'n' Queens (jeans)
Do you like me new Harpers? (me=my)


Maglia, maglietta
Dicky Dirt (shirt)
Is that the famous Dicky you were talking about?


Cappello
Tit for tat (hat)
This's the new tit for tat from me collection. (me=my)


Scarpe
Rhythm 'n' blues (shoes)
I'm kicking me rhythm 'n' blues off. (me=my)


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PEOPLE AND FAMILY

Un vero "American yankee"
Septic tank (yank)
He's a real septic, brought up in the Bronx.


Signora
Love 'n' kisses (missus)
You know... me love 'n' kisses adores the children. (me=my)


Ragazza
Mother of pearl (girl)
Have you ever seen the new mother of pearl in the bar?


Uomo maturo
Pot 'n' pan (old man)
The club you told me is full of pots 'n' pans.


Il capo, il "pezzo grosso"
Pitch 'n' toss (boss)
Mind who you're talking to: you're not the pitch 'n' toss here!


Amico, amica
China plate (mate)
How you doing, me old china? (me=my)


Ladro
Tea leaf (thief)
Stop that tea leaf!


Sorella
Skin 'n' blister (sister)
She's his Skin, she's not bad.


Moglie
Trouble 'n' strife, Duchess of Fife (wife)
Have you seen me old trouble (me old Duchess)? (me=my)


Bimbi, bambini
Dustbin lids, God forbids (kids)
I'm really fed up with those dustbins!


Figlio
Currant bun (son)
Jerry is their currant bun... he really takes after them.


Figlia
Bricks 'n' mortar (daughter)
She's their bricks 'n' mortar.


Gay, omosessuale
Iron hoof (pouf), Ginger beer (queer)
He looks like an iron... (He looks like a ginger... ) doesn't he?


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USING MONEY

Soldi
Bees 'n' honey (money)
Ooh no!... penniless: no bees 'n' honey left.


Conto
Jack 'n' Jill (bill)
Give me the Jack 'n' Jill, it's my turn tonight.


"al verde"
Boracic lint (skint, broke)
Sorry I'm boracic... can you pay?


Portafoglio
Sky rocket (pocket)
I always like to keep me 'ands in me rockets! (me=my)


Biglietto da dieci (Dollari o Sterline)
Ayrton Sennas (tenners)
Life here is a matter of few Ayrton Sennas... I'm sure that you can afford it.


Biglietto da cinque (Dollari o Sterline)
Lady Godivas (fivers)
We can share the fags: give me a couple of Lady Godivas...


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TIME, PLACES AND SOCIAL LIFE


Tempo
Bird lime (time)
I've to go... it's the bird lime for the last bus.


Essere di corsa, avere fretta
Chicken curry (hurry)
Step up... I'm in a chicken curry!


Posto, luogo
Drum 'n' bass (place)
I'd like to live in this drum 'n' bass.


Strada
Frog 'n' toad (road)
In the middle of the frog...


Villa, parco
Noah's Ark (park)
This Noah is full of peeping toms!


Andare
Scapa flow (go)
I've to scapa flow now!


Taxi
Sherbet dab (cab)
There's a bus (singular) strike today... I'll catch the first sherbet for the city.


Biglietto
Bat 'n' wicket (ticket)
I have to buy the old bat 'n' wicket in advance.


Essere solo
Jack Jones (alone)
I'm all on me jack tonight. (me=my)


Dire questo
Cocoa
I should Cocoa.


Parola
Dicky Bird (word)
Not a dicky bird 'bout yesterday!


Chiacchera, parlare
Rabbit 'n' pork (talk)
We were rabbitting all night long.


Risata, ridere
Quirk laugh (bath)
I could do with a quirk.


Bacio
Hit 'n' miss (kiss)
Give us a hit!


Essere bugiardo
Holy friar (liar)
You bleedin' friar! (bleedin'= bloody)


Credere
Adam 'n' Eve (believe)
Would you Adam 'n' Eve it?


Notizie
Linen drapers (papers)
There isn't much news in the drapers.


Canzone
Ding dong (song)
Give us another ding dong!


Pub
Rub a dub
We're just going down to the old rub-a-dub.


Sigaretta
Oily rag (fag)
Give me an oily... I've run out.


Sigari
Laa-dee-dars (cigars)
I don't like that bad smell of your laa-dee-dars.


Cocaina
Boutrous-Ghali (cocaine) also "Charlie"
I heard that she's addicted to Boutrous.


Sguardo inquisitorio
Guy Ritchie (bitchy)
Stop shooting your Guy Ritchie glances at me!


Trovare cose smarrite
Hare 'n' Hound (found)
No way to Hare 'n' Hound the hat I lost.
 


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