According to Wikipedia, Cockney Rhyming Slang is “A form of phrase construction in the English language that is especially prevalent in dialectal English from the East End of London.” Now I’ve got no idea what the hell in Morgan Freeman that sentence means, is it even written in English? What I do knows however, is that we English knows how to speak proper seeing that it’s cos we’s *invented the language what the queen now speaks, in the first place…ahem…
A Brief History
Back in the mid 19th century, it was customary for Londoners to replace common words such as ‘feet,’ ‘mate,’ ‘stairs’ etc, with elements of speech that rhymed. So for example, the word “feet,” would become “plates of meat” because why waste time using one word when you could use a whole sentence? (I said we invented the English language, I didn’t say that we were intelligent) And although now a dying art form, cockney rhyming slang is still sometimes used by those who should have long since exited this world, (seriously, some of those folks are older than God!) or the cast of Eastenders.
So here for your amusement and because quite frankly I’m bored off my arse, is my A-Z of cockney rhyming slang.
Common word or phrase-Stairs
Cockney rhyming slang-Apples and pears
Example-I’m going to kick Spawn’s sorry butt down the apple and pears if he insists on continuing to steal my battery operated toy. It is not a rocket launcher or a missile for his Action Man figures.
*Of course we didn’t invent the English language, that honour belonged to a bunch of weirdy beardys called The Anglo Saxons.