: ' London language'

London In Quotations

By seeing London, I have seen as much of life as the world can show. Samuel Johnson, as quoted by James Boswell in The Life of Samuel Johnson [...]

London Lingo

Londoners love a nickname it’s what sets them apart from other cities’ occupants and the cohesion that draws them together. Recently we have started giving a moniker to many of London’s tallest and iconic built structures: [...]

Driving my droschky

On a sclip to the flyers In 2006 Stuart Pessok, Managing Editor of the trade’s biggest selling newspaper Taxi ran a series entitled ‘We Speak Your Language’ in which he invited readers to submit examples of [...]

Is Cockney Rhyming Slang Really Dying

Or is Someone Telling Porkies? A survey by the Museum of London suggests that the use of Cockney rhyming slang, a tradition which originated with the market traders and street vendors of London’s East End in Victorian times, [...]

What’s in a name?

It is the Celts who probably named the Thames. It is thought by some to come from the Old English word ‘Temese’, meaning ‘to flow turbidly’. A simple name for a river full of detritus you [...]

London Lexicon

The perception that most people have of London’s contribution to the English language is restricted to Cockney Rhyming Slang, in reality the only place you’re likely to hear rhyming slang these days is on the set [...]