When I use a mocking birdBMJ 2002; 325 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.325.7358.245 (Published 03 August 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;325:245
- Jeff Aronson, clinical pharmacologist.
Of all types of slang, perhaps the best known is Cockney rhyming slang. It developed in London during the first half of the 19th century, at about the same time as Robert Peel was inaugurating his police force, perhaps to be used by criminals as a secret language that the slops (back slang, from ecilop) would not understand. Later, it spread with the convicts who were deported to Australia, and then to America, where it became known …