Why do cockneys call a house a drum?
Drum and Bass is Cockney slang for Place.
The word drum was originally used to describe a room or prison cell or even a road. It then became confined to only mean the home. Finally this was rhymed with Drum and Bass giving its modern interpretation.
Why do Cockneys call 25 a pony? Whilst this is not cemented in fact, the widely held belief is that the terms came from soldiers returning to Britain from India. Old Indian rupee banknotes had animals on them and it is said that the 500 rupee note had a monkey on it and the 25 rupee featured a pony.
an occasion when police form lines around a crowd of people and prevent them from leaving a particular area. SMART Vocabulary: related words and phrases. The police generally. anti-police.
Sticky Toffee is Cockney Rhyming Slang for Coffee!
'Hiya' or 'Hey up' – these informal greetings both mean 'hello' and are especially popular in the north of England.
The Gaver: Cockney slang for the police - unknown origin - London. The Guards: Irish term for the Garda Síochána.
noun. British, informal + disapproving. : a man who earns a lot of money by doing things that are dishonest or illegal.
MONKEY. Meaning: London slang for £500. Derived from the 500 Rupee banknote, which featured a monkey. EXPLANATION: While this London-centric slang is entirely British, it actually stems from 19th Century India.
Gorilla: A colloquial term for one thousand dollars.
From Middle English ketel, also chetel, from Old Norse ketill and Old English ċietel (“kettle, cauldron”), both from Proto-Germanic *katilaz (“kettle, bucket, vessel”), of uncertain origin and formation.
What is a kettle in America?
Americans mostly use stove-top kettles. The kettle is filled with water and then heated on a gas or electric stove. The water boils, producing steam, which then flows out of the kettle spout producing a whistle.
Kettle and Hob is Cockney slang for Watch.
Kettle is the shortened form of Kettle and Hob - think of the oven range in an old fashioned house, with its kettle boiling away on the hob.
As World Wide Words explains, British people use the “kip” to explain a variety of acts that involve sleeping. It can be used in lieu of “nap,” or as a means of describing a longer period of sleep. Example: “I could really use a quick kip before my workout.”
"Lump of ice" (advice)
Which to receive sometimes can be very cold comfort.
In cockney rhyming slang, "bottle" means "arse" (bottle and glass). Originally, you would "lose your bottle" - i.e. be so scared as to lose control of your bowel function. This has been shortened down to just "bottle it".
Trouble and Strife is cockney rhyming slang for wife. We chose this name because it acknowledges the reality of conflict in relations between women and men. As radical feminists, our politics come directly from this tension between men's power and women's resistance.
Khazi. Another slightly dated alternative word to the toilet, 'khazi' (also spelt karzy, kharsie or carzey) is derived from the low Cockney word 'carsey', meaning a privy. It has its roots in the nineteenth century, but gained popular usage during the twentieth century.
Bloody. Don't worry, it's not a violent word… it has nothing to do with “blood”.”Bloody” is a common word to give more emphasis to the sentence, mostly used as an exclamation of surprise. Something may be “bloody marvellous” or “bloody awful“. Having said that, British people do sometimes use it when expressing anger…
What is fart in Cockney? The term "raspberry" derives from the Cockney rhyming slang "raspberry tart" for "fart" (that is, "blowing a fart").
A nickname for a British policeman is a bobby, after Sir Robert (Bobby) Peel, who founded Britain's Metropolitan Police Force in 1829, provoking complaints about the infringement of civil liberties. The first patrolmen wore a blue uniform (to distinguish them from the military who wore red) with a top hat.
What is British slang for snitch?
In the British criminal world, police informants have been called "grasses" since the late 1930s, and the "super" prefix was coined by journalists in the early 1970s to describe those who witnessed against fellow criminals in a series of high-profile mass trials at the time.
Noun. porky (plural porkies) (Cockney rhyming slang) A lie. quotations ▼
This term was immortalised by legendary Cockney musicians, Chas & Dave in their 1980 hit, 'Rabbit'… which is about a man complaining his girlfriend talks too much. An adaptation of this term is specifically used for a person who does indeed have too much to say- you'd declare that “they've got too much bunny.”
"Derby Kell" is old Cockney rhyming slang for belly ("Derby Kelly"). "Blow out your kite" means "fill your stomach". It uses the word kite (also kyte), a dialect word, originally derived from an Old English word for the womb which, by extension, came to mean the belly.
Frog is cockney-rhyming slang, short for frog and toad, meaning road.
(Cockney rhyming slang) drunk (intoxicated with alcohol)
: a squeamish woman. often capitalized. : a native of London and especially of the East End of London.
rhi·no ˈrī-(ˌ)nō informal. : money, cash. rhino. 2 of 2.
A fifty-dollar note is also known colloquially as a "pineapple" or the "Big Pineapple" because of its yellow colour. The $100 note is currently green and is known colloquially as an "avocado" or "green tree frog", but between 1984 and 1996 it was grey, and was called a grey nurse (a type of shark).
Among other changes, the Japanese regime introduced a new currency. Pre-war British currency remained legal tender but rapidly vanished from the open market, and by 1943 the economy operated on Japanese currency, commonly referred to as “banana” money because the ten-dollar note featured a banana plant.
What is the kettle saying?
something you say that means people should not criticize someone else for a fault that they have themselves: Elliott accused me of being selfish. Talk about the pot calling the kettle black!
pan. nouncontainer for cooking food. bucket. casserole. double boiler.
' If you're wondering why Americans don't often have kettles in their homes as Brits do, it's because they have a lower voltage in the States. While in the UK, our homes operate on 220 and 240 volts, in the States, they have 100 volts meaning electric kettles heat up slower.
The Oxford Dictionary of English cites the origin of 'kettle': “Old English cetel, cietel, of Germanic origin, from Latin catillus, diminutive of catinus 'deep container for cooking or serving food'.”
The most popular use for a kettle, whether it is stovetop or electric, is to make hot beverages. To make tea or coffee, all you really need to do is add water to your kettle and let it heat to the appropriate temperature. Then, pour the water into your mug with the teabag or coffee inside.
Most electric kettles are operated by either a simple on/off switch or feature controls that heat water to a precise temperature to create specialty drinks like tea, coffee, hot cocoa or other warm drinks. However, they can also be used to heat water for soup, oatmeal and more.
In street slang, "drill" means to fight or retaliate, and "can be used for anything from females getting dolled up to all out war in the streets." Dro City rapper Pac Man, considered the stylistic originator of the genre, is credited as the first to apply the term to the local hip hop music.
Stove-top kettles generally whistle to indicate the water has boiled—indeed, they're often called "whistling kettles", to distinguish them from electric jug kettles. Electric kettles don't usually make a recognisable noise when the water has boiled, they just switch themselves off.
quotations ▼ (Cockney rhyming slang) Sweetheart (from treacle tart). Listen, treacle, this is the last time I'll warn you!
Kettle and hob = watch
The term means watch, which stemmed from a 'fob' watch which was a pocket watch attached to the body with a small chain. The kettle used to boil on the hob of a stove… hence the rhyme.
What does drum mean in Scottish place names?
|drum n||long narrow ridge or knoll|
|dub n||small pool of water, puddle|
|dyke n||stone or turf wall|
|easter adj||eastern(-most), lying to the east|
the necessary information (esp in the phrase give (someone) the drum)
(Cockney rhyming slang) A suit.
Peter is slang for 'safe', as in money box. The origin of the word is unclear. Some sources say it comes from the same root as the Biblical St Peter – the Greek word for rock Petra, since safes are supposed to rock solid.
Features of Cockney
The good news here is that, across Britain, many people can speak Cockney just by talking normally. Far from disappearing from the streets of London, features of Cockney are spreading into accents all over Britain.
This man's name is often used in place of a swear word when making an exclamation of anger, surprise or frustration.
Firth of Clyde or the Firth of Forth (Edinburgh) Strath – Wide valley. Strathclyde. Auch – Field.
We have been selling Tammys - a large floppy beret with a pompom - historically called bonnets, for over 20 yrs. The name 'Tammy' derives from Tam o' Shanter, the eponymous hero of the 1790 Robert Burns poem. They have been made in Stewarton, Aryshire in south west Scotland since the 16th Century.
Along with Flora and Hector, other Scottish baby names popular far beyond Edinburgh include Esme, Elsie, Evan, Fiona, Graham, Logan, Lennox, and Maxwell. Blair, Cameron, Finley, and Rory are popular Scottish names that work for either gender.
: one that drinks : tippler.
What is slang for cymbals?
Plates — slang for cymbals, derived from the Italian word "piatti".
to speak enthusiastically about a belief or idea in order to persuade other people to support it too: Labour are banging the drum for a united Europe. Backing, supporting & defending.
Cockney sparrow: Refers to the archetype of a cheerful, talkative Cockney.
(Cockney rhyming slang) A prostitute. Used other than figuratively or idiomatically: see brass, nail.
informalUK. to cleverly do everything you can in order to succeed, or to avoid a situation, even when this may not be completely acceptable or honest: He is always ducking and diving and looking for ways of putting his own interests before those of the country.