Curiosità

Dear Friends,
THE ENGLISH POINT blog is back with English language curiosities to share with you.
Language curiosities
–Have you ever experienced that it is easier to understand foreigners speaking English rather than native English speakers?
That is why foreigners try to make themselves understood while native English speakers expect others to speak English well.

–Our Italian students find English pronunciation varies from one speaker to another.
True, that is why mastering spelling is important.

Origin of the term COCKNEY

Do you know if true Londoners, the so called Cockneys, still live in the British capital?
Statistics report they are disappearing but who is a Cockney?

A COCKNEY
IS A PERSON BORN IN LONDON
WITHIN THE SOUND OF THE BOW BELLS,
AN AREA OF CHURCHES 1 MILE SQUARE
IN THE HEART OF LONDON

The Cockneys have been using rhyming slang words for many many years, mostly among costers (Street Pedlars and Barrow Boys). It is a language of its own!
Do you know that some Cockney rhyming slang words are taken not only from famous people’s names?
Mickey Rourke (pork)
Britney Spears (tears)
Michael Cain (rain)
Winona Ryder (cider)
Russel Crowe (dough)
But also from Biblical characters?
Cain and Abel (table)
Historical figures?
Henry the 3rd (bird)
Duke of Kent (rent)
Literature heroes?
Moby Dick (sick)