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cockney

1. a native of London, esp of the working class born in the East End, speaking a characteristic dialect of English. Traditionally defined as someone born within the sound of the bells of St. Mary-le-Bow church
2. Austral a young snapper fish

Cockney

Bow Bells
famous bell in East End of London; “only one who is born within the bell’s sound is a true Cockney.” [Br. Hist.: NCE, 347]
Doolittle, Eliza
Cockney girl taught by professor to imitate aristocracy. [Br. Lit.: Pygmalion]
Weller, Tony and Samuel
father and son, coachman and bootblack, with colorful lingo. [Br. Lit.: Dickens Pickwick Papers]
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I don't know what we are going to do with a lack of Cockneys.
The Cockney accent was stronger in viewers who had become attached to their favourite Albert Square characters.
When I, a young apprentice, came to Coventry in 1948 from rural Kent, because of my southern accent I was sometimes mistaken for a Cockney.
London, July 6 ( ANI ): Our insatiable fascination with celebrities is helping reinvent the cockney rhyming slang, an ancient argot that many language experts feared was dying out.
AS a lover of language, I was slightly disturbed to read that Cockney rhyming slang was not just in decline, but dying out, almost 'brown bread'.
Cockneys were not always firmly associated with the East End, but clearly have been since the Second World War.
What I object to is the BBC's current attitude that Irish, Welsh and Scots accents are permitted on radio and television but that the only English regional accent accepted is Cockney.
LAURA had a Cockney night on EastEnders, but where could she get the eels from?
Last Saturday, at the Emirates, when Northerners descended, Cockneys once again chanted about an inability to spend.
But while fellow Cockney and coach Harry Redknapp loved the gesture, some of the club's foreign players were left confused by the grub.
No, Geordies like Cockneys who serve them honourably.
WHAT is it with the influx of Cockney characters in Coronation Street all of a sudden?