WotD: Cockneypalooza IV - the Cockney's Strike Back

A bumper crop of Cockney Rhyming slang today as we have another public holiday on Monday in Blighty (yay!)

New Delhi = Belly
eg: I have a pain the New Delhi after eating all those chillies

nuclear sub = pub

battle cruiser = boozer
eg: Let's go dahn the battle cruiser to watch the footie

Kate Moss = Toss
eg: I don't give a Kate Moss what you think

Merchant Banker = Wanker

Gary Player = all day (spending the entire day in the pub - a favourite pastime of Assistant!Jo)

Radio Rental = Mental
(Radio Rental is a an appliance hire shop in the UK)

Rhubarb crumble = grumble
eg: I musn't rhubarb

Rubic's cube = the Tube (London Underground)
eg: We're gonna take the rubics to Chelsea

Raquel Welch = Belch

Schindler's list = pissed
eg: We're dahn the pub getting Schindlered

Tom Hanks = Yanks

Lager and Lime = Time
eg: Let me know what lager and lime you finish

Have a great weekend!

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Today’s WotD is:

• noun
Brit. Informal something very large or impressive of its kind.
DERIVATIVES stonking adjective.
ORIGIN from military slang stonk a concentrated artillery bombardment.

Stonker or Stonking is another of those wonderful all purpose slang words. It means large or impressive (eg: Diana had a stonking great diamond ring) or it can also mean fantastic or wonderful (eg: we had a stonking time at the party)

Another newer meaning is to find someone sexually attractive (eg: That Orlando is F’ing stonking!). It can also generally be used as an intensifier, in much the same way as bloody or flipping … to emphasize how great something is.

Have a stonking Wednesday!

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Today's WotD is :


• noun
Brit. informal a very easy task.

ORIGIN of unknown origin.

If something is a doddle it is easy or straightforward, a cinch.

Of course, it wouldn't be cheap_as_chips if we didn't have a bit of Rhyming Slang ... and as we all know, why would a Cockney use one word when he could use two ... so the Rhyming Slang for doddle is Glenn Hoddle.
Glenn Hoddle is a former England footballer who went on to manage Chelsea and England.

Suggested usage:
That exam was a doddle
My new jobs a real Glenn Hoddle

BTW: Just a little reminder about the First and most probably last Annual Cheap_as_Chips Icon Challenge ... you have a week from today if you want to enter ;)

WotD - On me 'ed

Today's WotD is

• noun
Brit. informal a person’s head.
ORIGIN originally denoting a large marble: of unknown origin.

The word bonce is slang for head, mainly used in London. It appears to have derived from the game 'Bonce' - a children's game played with large glass marbles.

I can remember my Dad, a Cockney by the truest definition, calling my sister and I bacon bonce when, as children, we did something particularly stupid. I have grown up believing that a bacon bonce is therefore a stupid person. Not so! Bacon Bonce is Cockney Rhyming Slang for nonce meaning 'child molester'!

I'll have to put Dad right ...

Suggested usage:
I've got a pain in me bonce
Shut up! You're doing me bonce in

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Today’s WotD, or phrase of the day is:

PHRASES put the mockers on (something) Brit. Informal
1 put an end to.
2 bring bad luck to.

To put the mockers on something is to spoil its chances of success, to put a curse on it. You would put the mockers on something for example, by saying that the weather has been wonderful all week and then hoping that it will be a sunny weekend, thereby jinxing yourself, condemning you to a weekend of rain and thunderstorms!

The word Mockers is slang of indeterminate origin (possibly Romany or Yiddish) meaning misfortune, a curse or frustration.

Suggested usage: The new time recording system installed by the firm has put the mockers on making an early escape for the weekend

WotD: Bit of a mess

Anyone that reads my personal LJ will know that I spent a rather debauched lunchtime, lounging by the Thames, sinking a few sherberts. Today’s WotD therefore reflects my personal state of being this afternoon ….

Two and eight Cockney rhyming slang
State (of anxiety, distress or excitement)

Such is the spread of Estuary English in Britiain today that many people use phrases such as two and eight without actually realising that they derive from Cockney Rhyming Slang (being the rhyming slang for state. It’s original meaning alluded to a state of mental distress, anxiety or excitement :

eg: John has got himself in a right two and eight about the wedding
Laura is in a real two and eight about her 21st Birthday etc

Now it equally applies to states of being or conditions … such as drunkenness!

eg: "He was in a right two and eight, having drunk 12 pints of lager in 3 hours"

WotD - Put your back into it!

Today’s phrase of the day is … give it some welly … another fine example of the obtuse way Brit Slang is derived.

(also wellie)
• noun (pl. wellies)
Brit. Informal 1 short for WELLINGTON.
2 power or vigour.

[ Wellington
(also wellington boot)
• noun
chiefly Brit. a knee-length waterproof rubber or plastic boot.
ORIGIN named after the British soldier and Prime Minister the 1st Duke of Wellington (1769-1852). ]

Welly is a diminutive of Wellington Boot (waterproof rubber boots named after the Duke of Wellington, national hero and conqueror of Napoleon). The phrase Give it some welly dates from the 1970’s … it’s a form of instruction, shouted to a person as encouragement or criticism, asking for more effort to be put into whatever he or she is doing.

The slang sense seems to have come about through the link between boot and foot … we’re a very literal nation! One of the earliest appearances of give it some welly was in motor racing (ie: an instruction to put the foot more firmly on the accelerator) but came to be associated with most sports with an emphasis on our national game, football (when urging players to put a bit more power behind the ball).
It can also be found in the workplace … for urging colleagues to work a little harder!

WotD: Idiot

Today's WotD is:

• noun
(pl. wallies) Brit. informal a silly or inept person.

ORIGIN perhaps a shortened form of the given name Walter: the use possibly arose from an
incident at a 1960s pop festival when a Wally became separated from his companions, his name being
taken up as a chant by the crowd following numerous loudspeaker announcements.

If you're looking for a fairly inoffensive insult then wally is your man, so to speak! It's heyday was the 1980's where it was used prolifically in soaps and sit-coms (such as 'Only Fools and Horses')

As always with Brit Slang, Wally has an alternative meaning ... it is also an Estuary/London name for a pickled cucumber or gherkin!

The First (and possibly last) Annual Cheap as Chips Icon Challenge

Awright Mates?

Your hostess, Lady Cockney van Mockney, minor member of the House of Windsor, raconteur and purveyor of all things Estuary would like to issue a challenge.

Fairly shortly, Lady Mockney will be clocking up another year on the mile-o-meter of life and to celebrate this momentous (and slightly distressing) occaision, she invites you all to use your new found knowledge of Brit street speak.

The challenge is to produce an icon (or two) using some of your favourite new words and phrases.

Your reward? Lady M will be as happy as a pig in mud and chuffed to buggery.

If you'd like to take up the gauntlet, just post your contribution here in cheap_as_chips on or around June 1st

I'll put all the icons posted into rotation as icons for the community.

Here's your chance to flex your new vocab and make an ageing Essex Girl smile!

Ta very much

WotD - Twofer

Today's WOtD is a twofer - a two for one

• noun

1 a waterproof jacket, usually with a hood.
2 Brit. informal a socially inept person with an obsessive interest in something.
ORIGIN Greenland Eskimo


• noun
1 a person who collects locomotive numbers as a hobby.
2 (often derogatory) a person who obsessively studies the minutiae of any minority
interest or specialized hobby.
DERIVATIVES trainspotting noun

An anorak is often a socially inept person (but usually intelligent and particularly anally retentive person) having an obsessive interest in a hobby or subject. Usually he has little or no fashion sense, and errs towards eccentricity. The slang usage originates from the 'trainspotter' look, of wearing anoraks; spending so much time at the end of station platforms in all weathers necessitates the wearing of such attire.

Trainspotting for the uninitiated is the much ridiculed hobby of rail enthusiasts viewing and taking note of trains from station platforms. Slang-wise the expression was popular on the club scene at which a trainspotter will be seen watching DJ's, spotting which tracks are played and gleaning knowledge on the music for future reference

Typical usage: Shaun in the IT department is such an anorak/trainspotter about servers