Cockney

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The once Cockney area of East London in early 2016.
The once Cockney area of East London in early 2016.

Cockney was once a world-famous, iconic symbol of Britain. It once referred to the natives of east London such as Newham, their accents, and Cockney rhyming slang. This sub-group of the English nation can be traced back to pre-Roman times and were the original inhabitants of London, before the invasion of recent years wiped nearly all of them out. Some areas of the East End are now only 20% native, yet still the Cultural Marxists complained and said any complaints about the genocide of the Cockney people is "racist".[1]

But in the 21st century, the Cockney are no more, extermined by demographic genocide.[2]

Today the neighborhoods that once were Cockney now look like Baghdad.

Once woman who used to live there said, "It’s not like the old East End where everyone knew everyone and we all left our doors open. It’s just scary now. Years ago people would have a fight with their fists and that would be it. Not anymore. Now people will bring in knives."

Another man who left said, "It’s hard to find somebody who speaks English in Newham. We’ve always been a country where immigration plays a part, but not on the scale you find now. You go from Aldgate to Barking and there are very few English people left."

Darren Lovejoy who also moved away had the misfortune of attending to attend college there after the demographic genocide. "I remember hearing, ‘White Boy! Drop your phone and walk off’ shouted by three boys. No disrespect, but I was probably the only white kid in the college."

Today the area has 147 languages spoken there, with one local primary school having pupils speaking 43 different languages and a new non-English speaking child arriving every week. The area has 66 primary schools and in the 1990s, more than half the pupils were white British. Now there are none left.

History

Cockney was a colloquial name applied to Londoners generally, but more properly confined to those born in London, or more strictly still to those born within the sound of the bells of St Mary-le-Bow church. The origin of the word has been the subject of many guesses, from that in John Minsheu's lexicon, Ductor in linguas (1617), which gives the tale of the town-bred child who, on hearing a horse neigh, asked whether a "cock neighed" too, to the confusion of the word with the name of the Utopia, the land of Cockaigne.

The historical examination of the various uses of "Cockney," by Sir James Murray (see Academy, 10th of May 1890, and the New English Dictionary, s.v.) clearly shows the true derivation. The earliest form of the word is cokeney or cokeney, i.e. the ey or egg, and coken, genitive plural of "cock," "cocks' eggs" being the name given to the small and malformed eggs sometimes laid by young hens, known in German as Hahneneier. An early quotation, in Langland's Piers Plowman, A. vii. 272, gives the combination of "cokeneyes and bacon to make a" collop,"or dish of eggs and bacon. The word then applied to a child overlong nursed by its mother,. hence to a simpleton or milksop. Thus in Chaucer, Reeve's Tale,. the word is used with daf, i.e. a fool.

The particular application of the name as a term of contempt given by country folk to town-bred people, with their dandified airs and ignorance of country ways and country objects, is easy. Thus Robert Whittington or Whitinton (fl. 1520), speaks of the" cokneys "in such" great cytees as London, York, Perusy "(Perugia), showing the general use of the word. It was not till the beginning: of the 17th century that" cockney "appears to be confined to, the inhabitants of London.

The so-called" Cockney "accent or pronunciation has varied in type. In the first part of the 19th century, it was chiefly characterized by the substitution of a V for a W, or vice versa.. This has almost entirely disappeared, and the chief consonantal variation which exists is perhaps the change of th to f or v, as in." fing "for thing, or" favver "for father. This and the vowelsound change from ou to ah, as in" abaht "for" about,"are only heard among the uneducated classes, and, together with _ other characteristic pronunciations, phrases and words, have been well illustrated in the so-called "coster" songs of Albert Chevalier. The most marked and widely-prevalent change of vowel sound is that of ei for ai, so that" daily "becomes" dyly and "may" becomes "my." This is sometimes so marked(that it almost amounts to incapacity to distinguish the vowels a and i, and is almost universal in large classes of the population of London. The name of the "Cockney School of Poetry" was applied in 1817 to the literary circle of which Leigh Hunt was the principal representative, though Keats also was aimed at. The articles in Blackwood's Magazine, in which the name appeared, have generally, but probably wrongly, been attributed to John Gibson Lockhart.

Videos

Last Whites of the East End Documentary 2016

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