s, anybody from the capital city
of Great Britain
. To those in the know
, anybody who was born
within the sound of Bow Bells
Cockney literally means cock's egg
, a misshapen egg such as sometimes
laid by young hen
s. Originally used when referring to a weak townsman
as opposed to the tougher country
man, by the 17th Century
the term, through
and popular usage
, came to mean a Londoner. Today's natives of London, especially its East End
use the term with respect and pride - "Cockney Pride
Cockney Rhyming Slang is the dialect of English traditionally spoken by cockneys.
The popular BBC television soap opera EastEnders is set amongst people who could be called Cockneys.
http://www.cockney.co.uk would appear to be a very comprehensive resource for all things appertaining to cockneys.