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The Language Of London Town

The Language Of London Town

Composer: Rogers, E W

Medium: Lithograph

Date: 1898

Shelfmark: H.3981.p.(2.)

Item number: Tract (2.)

Genre: Printed Music

Songs such as this celebrated local culture and traditions. Cockney's (originally people born within the sound of the bells of 'St Mary Le Bow' church but more generally Londoners) were known for their unique rhyming slang, which was extensively used by street traders or 'costers'. Phrases that rhyme are substituted for the original word, this would be fairly simple to understand however often the second word is dropped and it becomes very confusing. 'Let's have a butchers' is used today in place of 'have a look', and this is because 'look' rhymes with 'butchers hook'. See if you can decipher the rhyming slang in this song.

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