“Yes, I do,” he says with a cockney accent so thick Judge Whitehead asks him to deliver his testimony while facing him.
Characters in the soap Eastenders, which charts the lives of cockney Londoners, call their children Chelsea.
The punk movement started here, as did the infamous cockney Rhyming Slang.
They have been in situ all week, with tents, Union Jacks, and lashings of cockney wisdom.
He is a cockney by birth, for he was born within the sound of Bow-bells.
You listen to these cockney fellows talking, and then you'll understand me.
Through a world darkened and lost, through a civilisation in its death agony, our little cockney errant went and found his Edna!
I am surprized how little of the cockney, in its worse aspect, is to be seen.
The monk was claiming all the estate of this cockney, and claiming it jure divino.
But the cockney's spirits were blithe as the clouds were black.
c.1600, usually said to be from rare Middle English cokenei, cokeney "spoiled child, milksop" (late 14c.), originally cokene-ey "cock's egg" (mid-14c.). Most likely disentangling of the etymology is to start from Old English cocena "cock's egg" -- genitive plural of coc "cock" + æg "egg" -- medieval term for "runt of a clutch," extended derisively c.1520s to "town dweller," gradually narrowing thereafter to residents of a particular neighborhood in the East End of London. Liberman, however, disagrees:
[I]n all likelihood, not the etymon of ME cokeney 'milksop, simpleton; effeminate man; Londoner,' which is rather a reshaping of [Old French] acoquiné 'spoiled' (participle). However, this derivation poses some phonetic problems that have not been resolved.The accent so called from 1890, but the speech peculiarities were noted from 17c. As an adjective in this sense, from 1630s.