English is Amazing: Cockney

The term Cockney has had several distinct geographical, social, and linguistic associations.

Originally a pejorative applied to all city-dwellers, it was eventually restricted to Londoners and particularly to the “Bow-bell Cockneys”: those born within earshot of Bow Bells, the bells of St Mary-le-Bow in east London’s Cheapside district. More recently, it is variously used to refer to those in London’s East End, or to all working-class Londoners generally.

Linguistically, Cockney English refers to the accent or dialect of English traditionally spoken by working-class Londoners. In recent years, many aspects of Cockney English have become part of general South East English speech, producing a variant known as Estuary English.


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Aurora Fernández

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Profesora de Inglés en el IES Sol de Portocarrero de Almería.