Cockney Rhyming Slang
Why is a Bronx cheer called a
A Bronx cheer sounds like a fart.
"Fart" in Cockney rhyming slang is
which is shortened to "raspberry."
Why do you "put up your Dukes" to
In Cockney slang, a hand is a
"fork" (the fingers look like the tines).
"Fork" in Cockney rhyming slang is
"Duke of York,"
which is shortened to "Duke."
Why is money referred to as "bread" by
Why do you get "creamed" when you're
"Beaten" or "exhausted"
in British slang is "knackered."
"Knackered" in Cockney rhyming
slang is "cream crackered,"
which is shortened to "creamed."
Examples of Cockney rhyming slang, or phrases inspired by it, are:
- Adam and Eve = believe = as in "would you Adam and Eve it?"
- Almonds = Almond Rocks = socks
- Apples = Apples and pears = stairs
- April = April in Paris = Aris = Aristotle = Bottle = Bottle & Glass =
- Aris = Aristotle = Bottle = Bottle & Glass = Arse
- Artful Dodger = lodger
- Ascot Races = braces (called suspenders in the U.S.)
- Aunt Joanna = piano (or just Joanna)
- Baked Bean = queen
- Ball of Chalk = walk
- Band of Hope = soap
- Barnaby Rudge = judge
- Barnet = Barnet Fair = hair
- Beezun = Bees and honey = money
- Billy = Billy Bunter = punter (i.e. customer or mark)
- Billy Hunt = cunt
- Billy Lid = kid
- Biscuit Drum or Crumb = Bum (Rear end, Buttocks)
- Bluebottle = Bottle and stopper = Copper = Policeman.
- Boat = Boat Race = face
- Bob Hope = soap
- Boracic (freq. contracted to brassic) = boracic lint = skint (i.e.
- Brahms = Brahms and Liszt (classical
composers) = pissed (i.e. drunk)
- Brass Tacks = facts ("facks")
- Bread = Bread and Honey = money
- Bricks and Mortar = daughter
- Bristol (or Bristols) = Bristol City (UK football club) = titty (i.e.
- Britney Spears = beers
- Brown bread = dead
- Bubble = Bubble and squeak = Greek
- Butcher's = butcher's hook = look
- Cain and Abel = table
- Chalfonts = Chalfont St Giles = piles (i.e. haemorrhoids)
- China = china plate = mate
- Cock and Hen = ten
- Creamed = cream crackered = knackered (i.e. exhausted or beaten)
- Currant bun = sun or The Sun newspaper
- Daisies = Daisy Roots = boots
- Dame Judy = Judy Dench = stench
- Dead 'orse = sauce, as in a dog's eye and dead 'orse = a meat pie and
- Derby Kell = Derby Kelly = belly (see Music Hall song Boiled beef and
- Desmond = Desmond Tutu = 2.2 (lower second class degree)
- Dicky = dicky dirt = shirt
- Dicky or Dickie = Dickie Bird = word = as in "not a dickie", or
even "not a dickie bird"
- Dog = dog and bone = phone
- Dog's eye = pie, as in a "dog's eye and dead 'orse" = a meat pie and sauce
- Donald Ducked = fucked (as in broken, not working)
- Doris Day = Gay
- Duck and Dive = skive
- Ducks and Geese = police ("pleece")
- Duke of Kent = rent, also bent
- Dukes = Duke[s] of York = fork, i.e. hand, now chiefly when balled into a
- Dustbin Lid = kid
- East and west = breast(s)
- Eighty-sixed = nixed (as in kicked- or thrown-out) [American rhyming slang
from the 1930s]
- Elephants = Elephant's Trunk = Drunk
- Farmers = Farmer Giles = piles (slang for haemorrhoids)
- Fatboy Slim = gym
- Fireman's Hose = nose
- Flowery Dell = (prison) cell
- Four-by = Four by Two (A common size of timber) = Jew
- Fox = fox and weasel = diesel
- Frog = frog & toad = road
- Gay 'n' hearty = party
- George Raft = draught
- Germans = German bands = hands
- Ginger = ginger beer = queer
- Gregory = Gregory Peck = neck, or cheque
- Grim 'n' gory = story
- Gypsy's = Gypsy's kiss = piss
- Half-inch = pinch (i.e. steal)
- Half ounce of baccy (i.e. tobacco) = paki (Pakistani)
- Hampsteads = Hampstead Heath = teeth
- Hank = Hank Marvin (singer with Hank Marvin and the Drifters) = starvin'
- Honky tonk = plonk (cheap wine)
- Iron = Iron hoof = poof
- Jack = Jack Jones = alone ("On my Jack" = "On my own")
- Jack and Jill = restaurant bill or contraceptive pill, depending on
- Jack Horner = corner
- Jam jar = car
- Jam tart = heart
- Jay Kay = Takeaway
- Jimmy = Jimmy Riddle (unknown person, not the character killed
during the Waco siege)= piddle or widdle (urinate)
- Jekyll and Hyde = Snide
- Joe Blakes = the shakes = experienced after a heavy night drinking
- Joe Blake = a snake
- Jugs = jugs of beer = ears
- Khyber = Khyber Pass = arse
- Kick and Prance = dance
- Lady Godiva = fiver (i.e. five-pound note)
- Leo = Leo Sayer = all dayer ("I'm on a Leo" - drinking all day
at the pub)
- Lionels = Lionel Blairs (English variety performer) = flares (as in flared
- Loaf = loaf of bread = head ("use your loaf")
- Loop the loop = soup ("nice cup of loop the loop").
- Mickey Mouse(r) = Scouse(r) = person from Liverpool
- Minces = mince pies = eyes
- Mutton = Mutt and Jeff = deaf = named after Mutt and Jeff, two
early 20th century comic strip characters
- Nails 'n' screws = news
- Nelson = Nelson Mandela = Stella (Stella Artois), a Belgian brand of lager
- Nobbies = Nobby Stiles (English footballer) = piles (haemorrhoids)
- North and South = mouth
- Oily = Oily rag = fag (i.e. cigarette)
- Old Jack Lang = slang
- Old King Cole = dole
- Optic = optic nerve = perv = to look, usually with a sexual nuance, or a
- Orchestras = orchestra stalls = balls ("A kick in the orchestras.")
[Coincidentally, "orchi-" is also the Greek root meaning
- Oxford = Oxford scholar = dollar (Five shillings in pre-decimal currency)
- Peckham Rye = tie (i.e. necktie)
- Pen and Ink = stink
- Pete Tong = Wrong ("It's all gone
- Pigs ears = beers (Ale)
- Plaster = Plaster of Paris = Aris = Aristotle = bottle = bottle and glass
= arse [a three-stage rhyme]
- Plates = plates of meat = feet
- Porky = pork pie = lie, e.g. "He's telling porkies!"
- Pony = pony and trap = crap (note: Cockneys also use "pony" to
mean £25 - hopefully the meaning is clear from the context)
- Pride and joy = boy
- Rabbit = rabbit and pork = talk, as in "She can rabbit on."
- Raspberry = raspberry tart = fart (as in "blowing raspberry/ies"
= sound made by blowing air between extended tongue and lips)
- Richard = Richard the Third = turd (lump of faeces)
- Rock 'n' roll = Dole
- Rosie = Rosie Lee = tea e.g. "Have a cup of Rosie"
- Round the houses = trousers
- Rubbity = Rub-a-dub-dub (or just Rub-a-dub)= pub = public house
- Ruby = Ruby Murray (popular singer in the 1950s born in Belfast) = curry
- Salmon and Trout = snout
- Saucepans = Saucepan lids = kids
- Scooby Doo = clue, as in "Sorry mate, haven't got a Scooby Doo".
- Septic (often "Seppo") = septic tank = Yank (slang for an
- Sexton Blake = fake
- Sherbet = Sherbet Dab (child's sweet with Licorice & Sherbet) = (taxi)
- Sigourney = Sigourney Weaver = beaver (vagina)
- Skin = skin and blister = sister
- Sky = sky rocket = pocket
- Stoke-on-Trent = bent (gay)
- sweaty = sweaty sock = jock = Scottish person
- Syrup = syrup of figs = wig(s)
- Taters = Potatoes in the mould = cold (eg "Its bleedin'
- Tea leaf = thief
- The Sweeney = Sweeney Todd = Flying Squad, a special division of the
Metropolitan Police; used as the title of TV series The Sweeney
- Thrup'ny (threepenny) Bits = tits
- Titfer = tit for tat = hat
- Tod = Tod Sloane = own (as in "on your tod", meaning
- Tom Dick or Tom and Dick = sick
- Tom = Tomfoolery = jewlery (mispronunciation of "jewelry")
- Treacle = treacle tart = heart or sweetheart
- Trouble = trouble and strife = wife
- Two-an =Two-and-eight = state (as in "He was in a right
- Vera = Vera Lynn (famous British wartime singer)= gin, heroin
- Wally = Wally Grout = shout (buy a round of drinks), as in "It's your
Wally." Also stout or snout depending on context
- Whistle = whistle and flute = suit = as in "a nice whistle"
- Winona Ryder = Cider