I n popular lore, being born within earshot of the bells of St Mary-Le-Bow, Cheapside, in the City of London known as the Bow bells is the defining quality of a true cockney. It's a charismatic myth that has recently inspired the creation of a digital download of these bells to counteract the muting of their tintinnabulation by sound pollution in the modern city, which apparently threatens to reduce cockneys to an endangered species. While such ingenious literalism possesses its own quirky appeal, it also reveals the elusive quicksilver nature of cockney identity. Lexicographers propose multiple origins for the word, each of which reveals aspects of its meaning and timbre as a term that has never been far from derogatory.
WITH The X Factor live tour rolling its way into London tonight, The Sun decided to put the performers to the test and quizzed them on their cockney rhyming slang abilities. While Londoner Matt had an unfair advantage of living in the area, Frenchman Kevin, Irish brothers Sean and Conor, and Scottish siblings Jay and Kyle had a bit more of a test on their hands. While Conor struggled and failed to get a single one right, his brother Sean proved to be a dab hand at the cockney slang and managed to land nearly every one - leaving his little brother fuming. Meanwhile, Kevin, who was joined by Jay and Kyle, found the concept of rhyming slang confusing, before eventually getting the hang of it and screaming in delight as he finally got one right. As Kevin began to beat them, Kyle told him off and said: "You're showing us up now! In the tour, they will be performing a host of their most loved songs, and the biggest hits of their time on the ITV show.
Language: Top 100 Cockney Rhyming Slang Words and Phrases
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