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  • Mar 15, 2012
  • 01:24 AM

London Olympic Visitors Must Navigate Cockney Slang (audio)

Philip Reeves / NPR
Americans and Britons share the same language, yet transatlantic visitors to the London Olympics might struggle to understand what's going on. The games are in East London, home of rhyming slang, a form of linguistic gymnastics. It was pioneered in the nineteenth century by Cockneys as a code to confuse snooping policemen.

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