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Heading to London for the Olympics? Download this first…it might help


cockneydictionary small1 Heading to London for the Olympics? Download this first...it might help

For those of you from foreign climates (i.e. anywhere outside the M25 motorway in the UK) who may be considering heading to London for the Olympics 2012 this month, we have a little tool we feel you may want to consider downloading for your Android smartphone. It’s (possibly) guaranteed to help you save the day if you’re in a social situation near the Olympic Village and find yourself grasping for a conversational gambit or two.

The English Cockney Dictionary for Android is designed to help you converse intelligently with some of the capital city’s most important people - the taxi (that’s cab to you, chum) drivers, stall holders and market sellers down the cobblestone backstreets of Larndon Tain. OK, so not really, but if you really want to make a fool of yourself impress the locals, one way to do it is to try and come out with some real Cockney rhyming slang like a native and see how much of a discount it gets you for your trouble. Hint: zero!

But for a bit of a laugh, we dare you to install this and try it out on some poor unsuspecting Londoner and see what reaction you get. Chances are it’ll be a blank stare and a step backwards, but at least you’ll be able to walk away with a suitably haughty smirk, having demonstrated your impeccable linguistic credentials.

 Heading to London for the Olympics? Download this first...it might help

Nigel is the managing editor of the Red Ferret, as well as a freelance columnist for the Sunday Times newspaper in London. Loves tech and fancies himself as a bit of a futurist, but then don’t we all?

Nigel – who has written posts on The Red Ferret Journal.



  • enos33

    Do they have an app for bangladeshee – might be more appropriate for today's cabbies.

    • http://www.redferret.net Nigel Powell

      That's odd, I've never met a Bangladeshee (sic) taxi driver in London at any time, not sure which city you're referring to, maybe New York? Bangladeshi chefs do, however, make incredibly delicious curries at places all over the capital.

      • Philip Green

        Add to that the fact of one having to pass the knowledge test before being allowed to drive one of London's black cabs and there's very, very little chance of a London cabbie being incomprehensible.

        • http://www.redferret.net Nigel Powell

          Absolutely Philip.

      • enos33

        You're correct. I was thinking of the USA.

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