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The E-Sylum: Volume 14, Number 47, November 13, 2011, Article 12

COCKNEY ATMS AND BRITISH SLANG TERMS FOR MONEY

Philip Mernick writes:

Regarding the item about Cockney cash dispensers, an ATM I use locally has offered this "service" for maybe a year. I knew the screens were in Cockney but wasn't sure if it was used for receipts or statements. I tested it out Thursday when I passed it on my way to the weekly Spitalfields antiques market. All I got were statements and confirmation slips in plain English boring!

Philip adds:

There is a whole range of English slang terms for money (see link). Although many of the names are probably invented some are used (pony, monkey, ton for example). Are there equivalents in the USA?

Philip provided this link. Below are some excerpts. www.philbrodieband.com/jokes_rhyming-slang.htm

To most people living outside London a "Cockney" is any Londoner; But a Cockney is a person born within hearing distance of the sound of Bow bells, the bells of the Church of St Mary Le Bow in Cheapside, London, EC2 . Although much of Cockney Rhyming slang has now become part of general speech, originally it was a secret language, thought to have originated in the 18th century by street traders to communicate with each other whilst trading illegally. (although it's roots may go far deeper) There is a lot of modern rhyming slang around these days.

Money Slang:

Paul McKenna = £10
Lady (Godiva) = Fiver = £5
Taxi Driver = Fiver = £5
Nicker or Quid = £1

Numbers:

1 = Lost & Won
2 = Bottle Of Glue
3 = Holy Sea
4 = Stand in Awe
5 = Jacks Alive
6 = Fiddle Stick
7 = Exeter in Devon
8 = Harry Tate
9 = Coal Mine
10 = Big Ben

To read the complete article, see: CASH MACHINE DISPENSES COCKNEY RHYMING SLANG (www.coinbooks.org/esylum_v14n46a22.html)

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