Why is a walk called a Toby?

""Toby" means "road" in this context, but it isn't rhyming slang. It seems to come from about 1811. It is derived from the language of Irish travellers who use the word "tober" to mean road. Another related expression is the toby meaning highway robbery.

What does Dicky mean in Cockney?

A dicky bird was a generic term for any little bird, such as a sparrow or chickadee, that was common in England in the 1700s. Dicky bird came to be slang for word due to the common Cockney practice of replacing one word with another rhyming word. Because word rhymed with bird, it was an appropriate substitute.

What is cockney rhyming slang for wife?

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.

What's a pony in Cockney slang?

In Cockney slang "pony" means 25 £ which is "25 pounds sterling" or just "25 pounds" in common British usage.

What is a Peter in Cockney rhyming slang?

Peter is slang for 'safe', as in money box.


What is toilet in Cockney?

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.

Why do cockneys call a watch a kettle?

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 custard mean in Cockney?

Here, custard actually means “television”—in Cockney rhyming slang, that is! Cockney rhyming slang is a form of British slang in which a pair of words is used to replace a similar-sounding word. Often, it's the non-rhyming word in the pair that's used (you'll see what we mean).

Why is 500 called a monkey?

The term was coined by British soldiers returning from India where the 500 rupee note of that era had a picture of a monkey on it. They used the term monkey for 500 rupees and on returning to England the saying was converted to sterling to mean £500.

What is a Wally Cockney?

wally (plural wallies) (Britain, slang) A fool.

What does Doris mean in Cockney slang?

(Britain, slang) One's girlfriend, wife or significant other.

What is cockney rhyming slang for fart?

The term "raspberry" derives from the Cockney rhyming slang "raspberry tart" for "fart" (that is, "blowing a fart").

Why is a drink called a sherbet?

"Sherbet" as slang for alcoholic drinks

Sherbet has been used in parts of both the UK and Australia as slang for an alcoholic drink, especially beer. This use is noted in a slang dictionary as early as 1890, and still appears in list of slang terms written today (especially lists of Australian slang).

What is a Jaffa in Cockney?

(slang) An impotent or infertile male.

What does two bob mean in Cockney?

two bob (uncountable) (UK, Australia, obsolete) Two shillings; a florin. (Australia, slang) A 20-cent coin. (idiomatic, UK, Australia, often attributive) A trivially small value.

What is a Johnny British?

johnny (plural johnnies) (UK, slang) A condom.

Why is 25 called a pony?

The 25 rupee note has a pony on it. Therefore when the British soldiers got back from India they adopted this term with pounds.

What is 10 in cockney slang?

Cockney Money Slang

The first things you gotta learn are that five pounds is a fiver, and ten pounds is a tenner. Then you gotta know the key money values: £20 is a Score, £25 is a Pony, £100 is a Ton, £500 is a Monkey, and £1000 is a Grand.

What do Brits call a TV?

A telly is a television.

What does Nelson Mandela mean in Cockney?

"Britney Spears" means "beers." And speaking of beer, "Nelson Mandela" means "Stella," as in Artois.

What's a dry lunch in Cockney slang?

A lunch that is not accompanied by alcohol. (England, slang) A contemptible or uncool person quotations ▼

Why do Cockneys call glasses bins?

On the subject of 'bins' this expression is the cockney rhyming slang for glasses, as in reading glasses, so if someone is having trouble looking up a number in a telephone book you might say put on your 'bins'.

Why is 300 called a carpet?

The term has since the early 1900s been used by bookmakers and horse-racing, where carpet refers to odds of three-to-one, and in car dealing, where it refers to an amount of £300.

Why is a Cheque called a kite?

The term "check kiting" first came into use in the 1920s. It stemmed from a 19th-century practice of issuing IOUs and bonds with zero collateral. That practice became known as flying a kite, as there was nothing to support the loan besides air.