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B is for Bow Bells

A ‘Cockney’ could be defined today simply as someone born on the big map at the start of EastEnders. However, in years gone by, true Cockneys were those born within the sound of Bow Bells. These are not the bells in Bow in the East End (which is just as well for those of us who live here trying to get some sleep) but are in fact the bells of St Mary-le-Bow deep in the heart of in the City of London.

Loud though the ‘great bell at Bow’ may be, nobody seems to have told Jamie Oliver that it cannot be heard far away in the nice middle-class villages of North Essex. However, the enormous success of EastEnd television has meant the inexorable spread of Estuary English across the country. How long before even Coronation Street characters start saying “Cor blimey guv’nor” and glottal-stopping?

Meanwhile teachers are struggling to educate a lazy generation of junior Mockneys, dropping their aitches and their standards, and only able to converse by grunting.

Be afwaid, be vewy afwaid.

Let's count Estuary

  1      Wun
  2      Ter
  3      Fwee
  4      Fir
  5      Fy
  6      Sih
  7      Ser
  8      Ay
  9      Ny
10      Teh