Is that a pipe in your eye? Cockney Rhyming Slang.
In London there is a secret language that can cause a lot of confusion.
This secret language is called Cockney Rhyming Slang. Thankfully it is not used very much by most Londoners.
In this free online English lesson from Smart Language Solutions I will explain just one Cockney slang phrase – Pipe in your eye.
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Before I explain “pipe in your eye” let me tell you a little about Cockneys and Cockney Rhyming slang.
Is cockney rhyming slang a language?
No Cockney Rhyming slang is not a language; it is a collection of phrases.
What are cockneys?
A traditional Cockney is a person who was born within the sound of Bow Bells.
Bow Bells are the bells of the church of St Mary-le-Bow in Cheapside.
However due to the noise in London the word Cockney is used to describe people who were born outside the sound of Bow Bells but who have a Cockney heritage.
What is Cockney rhyming slang?
Cockney rhyming slang is a collection of words and phrases that rhyme with a target word and are used instead of the target word.
However sometimes when two words are used to make the rhyme the rhyming word is left out and the non-rhyming word is used.
For example, the word pie rhymes with eye, but pie is not used for eye in cockney rhyming slang.
A mince pie is a type of small fruit Christmas cake and in cockney rhyming slang mince is used instead of eyes.
He has blue mince.
He has blue eyes.
What does the Cockney Rhyming Slang “Pipe Your Eye” mean?
Pipe in your eye, is a true rhyming slang and is used instead of cry.
She always has a pipe in her eye!
This means – She is always crying!
A cockney could say;
She always and a pie in her mince
But that doesn’t rhyme well, so they will say;
She always has a pipe in her eye!
Check back soon for some more Cockney Rhyming Slang from Smart Language Solutions.
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