Cockney in Ireland

6 years ago
Cockney rhyming slang began in London's East end during the Victorian era but it is still used extensively in England, the U.K. and parts of Ireland, although Londoner's refer to people who speak Cockney but aren't from London as "Mockney". The most common theories as to how it originated are that it began with vendors in the market communicating with each other without the customers knowing what was being said, or in the prisons so that inmates could talk without the guards listening in. It's a language created for the sly, by the sly.
Translation: We take all denominations of cash, and Visa.

 It sounds insane, but here's how it works: The speaker replaces a common word with a rhyming phrase of two or three words which makes the meaning of the phrase unintelligible to listeners who aren't aware of the code. The average American in Ireland listening to Cockney speech will take the speaker to be intoxicated or psychopathic.

 Example:

It nearly knocked me off me plates — he was wearing a syrup! So I got straight on the dog to me trouble and said I couldn't believe me minces.

In some examples the meaning is further obscured by adaptation over centuries. For example, the word "Aris" is often used to indicate the buttocks. This has been subjected to a double rhyme, starting with the original rough synonym "arse", which was rhymed with "bottle and glass", leading to "bottle". "Bottle" was then rhymed with "Aristotle" and truncated to "Aris".
See 'Snatch' for excellent Cockney, and a damn good movie.

In addition to the rhyming slang, it's common to drop the h at the beginning of a word, so house becomes 'ouse, and hammer becomes 'ammer. It's also common to replace the th sound with an f or v, as in bruvver for brother and fin for thin. Think of the stereotypical British street urchin's speech. It's a lot to absorb, more than learning a formal language with rules and structure. I'll leave you to absorb this and post next with pics and examples to flesh out your understanding.

 

Jessica
www.AmericaToIreland.com

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