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. . .!! COCKNEY RHYMING SLANG !!
To most people living outside London a "Cockney" is any Londoner; But a Cockney is a person born within hearing distance of the sound of Bow bells, the bells of the Church of St Mary Le Bow in Cheapside, London, EC2 . Although much of Cockney Rhyming slang has now become part of general speech, originally it was a secret language, thought to have originated in the 18th century by street traders to communicate with each other whilst trading illegally. (although it's roots may go far deeper)
There is a lot of modern rhyming slang around these days.

WORDS TO
"Fings Ain't What They Used T' Be"

MONEY SLANG

Archer = £2000
Bag of Sand = £1000
Grand = £1000
Monkey = £500
Carpet = £300 in car dealing,
Ton = £100
Carpet = £30
Pony = £25
Macaroni = £25
Apple Core = £20
Score = £20

Speckled Hen = £10
Uncle Ben = £10
Nigel Ben = £10
Paul McKenna = £10

Ayrton (Senna) = Tenner = £10

Lady (Godiva) = Fiver = £5
Taxi Driver = Fiver = £5

Nicker or Quid = £1
Ten Bob Bit = 50p piece
Oxford = 5 shillings
Lord of the Manor = Tanner
(sixpence)
Tanner = sixpence

COCKNEY RHYMING SLANG

NUMBERS
1 = Wunner = 1
1 = Lost & Won
2 = Bottle Of Glue
3 = Holy Sea
4 = Stand in Awe

5 = Jacks Alive
5 = Ching
6 = Fiddle Stick
7 = Exeter in Devon
8 = Harry Tate
8 = Fartoo
9 = Coal Mine
10 = Big Ben
10 = Bill & Ben
10 = Cock & Hen

10 = Foxes Den
10 = Tony Ben

11 = Hell and Heaven
12 = Dig and Delve#
13 = Hurt and Be Mean
14 = Sortin' letters
20 = Mussels a Plenty)
30 = Flirty Gertie
50 = Nifty

50 = Bullseye

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2:30 = tooth hurty = Chineses Dentist
3 to 1 = Carpet since the early 1900s been used by bookmakers and horse-racing, where carpet refers to odds of three-to-one
3 month prison sentence = Carpet bag
3 years prison sentence = Carpet (there was a belief that prisoners used to be awarded the luxury of a piece of carpet for their cell after three year's)


BITS & BOBS
Adam and Eve = Believe
Apples and Pears = Stairs
Aunt Mable = Table
Baked Potato = See You Later
Ball and Chalk = Walk
Barnaby Rudge = Judge
Barny Rubble = Trouble
Bat and Wicket =
Ticket
Bees Wax = Tax
Bird Lime = Time = Prison Sentence
Bob Hope = Dope (Marijuana)
Bobble Hat and Scarf = Laugh (You 'avin' a bobble; you can't be serious)
Borasic Lint = Skint (broke: no money)
Brixton Riot = Diet
Brown Bread = Dead
Bread and Honey = Money
Bubble Barf/Bath = laugh (you 'avin' a bubble..)
Bubble and Squeak = Speak
Bull and Cow = Row
Bunny Ears = Tears
Butchers Hook = Look
Cain and Abel = Table
Candle Wax = Tax
Cape of Good Hope = Soap
Cash & Carry =
Hari Kari / Suicide
Cat and Mouse = House
Cellar Flap = Tap (to borrow)
Cherry Hog = Dog
Cloud Seven = Heaven
Coffee and Cocoa = Say So (I should cocoa)
Collar and Tie = Pie
Currant Bun = Sun

Custard & Jelly
= Telly (TV)

Daily Mail = Tale
Dicky Bird = Word (Don't say a Dicky Bird)
Ding Dong = Sing Song (now means argument or fight)
Dog and Bone
= Telephone
Dog and Duck = Fuck ("I couldn't give a dog and duck mate!"
)
Duke of Cork = Talk
Duke of Kent = Rent
Duke of York = Fork
Dunlop Tyre = Liar
Earwig = twig (understand, to catch on)
Earwigging = To Eavesdrop (evolved from earwig)
Elephant and Castle = Parcel
Flowery Dell = Cell (Prison Cell)
Fore and Aft = Daft
Frog and Toad = Road
Gary Glitter = Shitter
Greengages = Wages / Money
Gregory = Cheque (Peck)
Half-inch = pinch (to steal)
Harry Wragg = Fag (cigarette)
Highland Fling = Ring
Holy Ghost = Toast
Jack Jones = Alone (On your Jack)
Jam Jar = Car
Jack and Jill = Hill or Bill or even Cash Register(till)
Jack the Ripper = Kipper
Jackanory = Story / Tall Tale
Jiminee Cricket = Ticket
Joanna = Piano
Johnny Horner = Corner
Kick and Prance = Dance
Lemonade = Spade
Lemon Dash = Flashy
Linen Draper = Newspaper (Reading the Linen)
Little White Mice = dice
Mickey Bliss = Piss (Taking the Mickey/ Piss = jovial sarcasm)
Mutt and Jeff = Deaf
Oily Rag = Fag (cigarette)
On The Floor = Poor
Oxford Scholar = Dollar
Oxo Cube = tube = the London Underground
Pen and Ink = Stink
Peter Pan = Tan
Pipe Your Eye = Cry
Pork Pies = Lies
Potatoes in the Mould = cold (It's taters, aint it !)
Rabbit and Pork = Talk (Rabbit's too much)
Rory O'Moore = Door
Ruby Murray = Curry
Sausage and Mash = Cash

Scapa Flow
/ Scarper = run away/go

Scooby Doo = Clue (Ain't got a Scooby)
Sherbet Dab = Cab
Steam Tug = Mug
Sweeny Todd = Flying Squad (Police)
Syrup of Fig = Wig
Tin Tack = Sack
Todd Sloane = On your own (on yer Todd)
Tomfoolery = Jewellery (A nice piece of Tom)
Tom Mix = Six
Trick Cyclist = Psychiatrist
Trombone = Phone
Uncle Ned = Bed


OF THE PERSON
Aldermans Nail = Tail
April in Paris = Arse
Barnet Fair = Hair
Berkshire Hunt = Cunt (He's a right Berk)
Boat Race = Face
Bottle and Glass = Arse
Bristol City = Titty (breast)
Bunny Ears = Tears
Bushel & Peck = Neck
Chalfont St Gyles = Piles
Chalk Farm = Arm
Cobblers Awls = Balls (A load of old cobblers)
Corn Beef = Teeth
Dipstick = Prick/Penis
Derby Kelly = Belly
Douglas Hurd = Turd
Eartha Kitt = Shit
Farmer Giles = Piles
Fife and Drum = Bum
Friar Tuck = Fuck
German Bands = Hands
Ghunga Dhin = Chin
Gregory Peck = Neck
Grumble & Grunt = Cunt
Gypsies Kiss = Piss
Ham and Eggs = Legs
Hampstead Heath = Teeth
Hampton Wick = Prick (penis)
Hit and Miss = Kiss or Piss (could be complicated!!)
Hobson's Choice = Voice
Holly Reath = Teeth
Ivory Band = Hand
J. Arthur Rank = Wank (Having a J. Arthur)
Jimmy Riddle = Piddle (urinate)
Khybur Pass = Arse
Loaf of Bread = Head
Mince Pies = Eyes
Nellie Duff = Puff = Breathe = Life
Newington Butts = Guts
Niagra Falls = Balls / Testicles
North and South = Mouth
Oliver Twist = Wrist
Orchestra Stalls = Balls
Outings and Festivals = Testicals
Pipe and Drum = Bum
Plates of Meat = Feet
Pony and Trap = Crap
Raspberry Ripple = Nipple
Raspberry Tart = Fart (blowing raspberries)
Richard the 3rd = Turd
Roger's = Roger Bannisters = 4 Minute Mile (s) = Piles
Sherman Tank = Wank
Tom and Dick = Sick
Tom Tit = Shit
Tommy Rollocks = Bollocks
Turkish Delight = Shite (speaking shite/rubbish)
Two and Eight = state (in a right old two and eight/hypo mood)
Uncle Dick = Sick

ON THE PERSON
Airs and Graces = Braces
Almond Rocks = Socks
Daisy Roots = Boots
Dicky Dirt = Shirt
East and West = Vest
Fly-By-Nights = Tights
Kippers = Slippers
Lional Blairs = Flares (flared trousers)
Peckham Rye = Tie
Round the Houses = Trousers
Sky Rocket = Pocket
Syrup of Fig = wig (golden syrup an awful wig)
Tit for Tat (Titfer) = Hat
Turtle Doves = Gloves
Weasel and Stoat = Coat
Whistle and Flute = Suit

PEOPLE
Artful Dodger = Lodger
Bottle of Porter = Daughter
Bricks and Mortar = Daughter
China Plate = Mate
Duchess of Fyfe = Wife
Dustbin Lid (Bin Lid) = Kid
Four by Two = Jew
Ginger Beer = Queer
Hillman Hunter = Punter/Customer
Horse & Cart = Tart
Iron Hoof = Poof
Joe Soap = Dope / Stupid Person
Love and Kisses = Mrs.
Merchant Banker = Wanker
Mother of Pearl = Girl
Old Bag = Hag = Horrible Woman
Old Pot and Pan = Old Man
One Time Looker = Hooker = Prostitute
Paraffin Lamp = Tramp
Septic Tank = Yank
Silver Spoon = Coon
Skin and Blister = Sister
Spiders & Bugs = Thugs
Tea Leaf = Thief
Toe Rag = Slag = Female of Easy Virtue
Tin Lid = Yid = Jewish Person
Treacle Tart = Sweetheart
Trouble and Strife = Wife

DRINKING
Aristotle = Bottle
Brahms and Liszt = Pissed
Battlecruiser = Boozer (Pub)
Chewy Toffee = Coffee
Elephants Trunk = Drunk
Fine and Dandy = Brandy
Finger and Thumb = Rum
Fishermans Daughter = Water
Gold Watch = Scotch
Nelson Mandella = Lager (stella)
Pigs Ear = Beer
Plink-Plonk = vin Blanc (Wine, A bottle of plonk)
Rosie Lee = Tea
Rub-a-Dub-Dub = Pub
Salmon and Trout = Stout
Tiddlywink = Drink
Tiddly
= Drunk
Vera Lynn = Gin

SOME AUSSIE RHYMING SLANG
Cheese and kisses = your missus/wife
Woolloomooloo pier = queer

BIG THANKS
TO ADE WHO HAS SENT ME ENOUGH TO START
THE PAGE

AND TO EVERYONE ELSE WHO HAS CONTRIBUTED
!!Thankyou to Peter for his Aussie Rhyming Slang!!
If you know anymore to add to these
~ please
e-mail them through ~

COMMENTS
What about ' April in Paris ' = Harris = Arris = Aristotle = Bottle = Bottle & Glass = A$se.... Heard this used by the Legend that is the Duke of Upminster himself, Mr Ian Dury. A hero of mine ( & many others ) and an expressive genius when it comes to the use of Cockney Rhyming Slang. Ian was being interviewed about his work with the Save the Children charity work in Africa when he commented that " the bugs at night were a pain in the April ", I then researched & discovered the above equation from April to A$se !!! ~ Russ
Hey that's a good un, not heard it before .. Thanks Russ and thanks to the late great Duke of Upminster
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I, also, was looking for the origin of ‘Harris’ and came across your site. Thanks for the information. Am I happy? I should cocoa. (Coffee and cocoa – say so). - Cheers
Thanks Brian for the
Coffee and Cocoa
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Reading the list of rhyming slang brought back some memories, one that crops up now and again is HARRIS for arse, i had to ask around a bit to find out how it works out to be arse.
HARRIS pronounced ARRIS (SILENT COCKNEY 'H') = ARISTOTLE = BOTTLE BOTTLE AND GLASS = ARSE.
I wonder how many more have a slang for a slang? ~ David
Thanks for your information David ~ great to get some roots info.
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Was searching the net for the origins and meaning of harris and found
your site. a few there that made some sense... how about another one...
scooby doo = clue (eg "sorry mate, i ain't got a scooby")

Thanks James for the Scooby-Doo
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