Help me out here, boys & girls
Exactly what part of the UK is the Cockney accent native to? I'd always thought South/East London.
Romford does look quite far away on a map
To be a cockney a "true" cockney you need to be born with in the sound of Bow Bells, The bells of St. Mary le Bow on Cheapside.
Cheapside runs from St Pauls to the bank of England if your interested
Well that's right in the City, isn't it?
Is the correct answer.
However plenty of surrounding home counties chaps like to pretend they are cockneys. They needn't have bothered with the neys bit.
Jon and all his family are Cockneys and I generally don't hear much of the Cockney slang being used when they talk. It's more of a case that they talk very fast, it sounds very agressive, and they use terrible pronounciation and grammar. But Jon tells me this is generally the way Eastenders speak lol.
I do hear a few things thrown in like "'E's 'avin a bubble ain't E?" "'Ave you seen the boat on 'Er"
They also have some strange habits such as "Pie Mash and Liquor" - an interesting concoction of cheap, pies filled with fatty "meat" (I once asked what type of meat it was only to be met with a blank look!), mash potato, and some kind of green slime covering it (liquor).
Not to mention the fish stalls sitting randomly outside pubs where you can come out mid-way through a drinking session and gorge yourself on cockles, whelks and mussels!! Just want I fancy with my glass of rose lol.
Strange things, the Cockneys!