No, not accidental like that, of course! We got chatting to these two lovely girls who were in yesterday for afternoon tea and it transpired their names were Rosie and Lee! For those of you who’ve swatted up on your cockney rhyming slang, you’ll know this means ‘tea’.
Nicky was particularly touched, as her old British Bulldog was called Rosie Lee. She gave each of the girls a tin of Tea & Sympathy’s Rosie Lee tea. It’s a very particular blend of English Breakfast tea and Earl Grey, sold exclusively by us. It’s well worth a try and a bargain at $11.50 a can. Available in-store or online – just click here.
This little bit of cockney serendipity got us thinking, and for this week only we’re running a Cockney Contest! Here’s the lowdown: cockney is the style of English traditionally spoken in East London. As well as a very distinctive accent, it contains a whole vocabulary of rhyming slang. Always consisting of a pair of words, the second of which rhymes with the word in question. Some well-known examples include: apples & pears – stairs, ruby murray – curry, butchers hook – look, adam & eve – believe. There’s also a whole host of modern additions out there, including Britney Spears – beers.*
So we want to know your versions, either made up yourself or that you’ve heard in passing! The best entry will win tea and scones for two and a tin of our Rosie Lee tea to take home. So get your thinking cap on – it’s time to use yer loaf of bread!**
* To complicate things (and put eavesdroppers off the scent), the first word is then dropped, so ‘apples’ means stairs, ‘ruby’ means curry, and ‘Britney’ means beers, as in ‘Lets go for some Britneys’
Here’s a little video to get you started: