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Ayrton Senna and the Cockney Rhyming Slang


(English Version at the end of the page)

De uma olhada na nota de £10 acima. Notou algo diferente?

Sim, eh o Ayrton Senna! Voce deve estar se perguntando que cargas d’agua o Senna esta fazendo na nota de dez libras?

Muito simples!

Ayrton Senna, por incrivel que pareca faz parte da Cockney Rhyming Slang (Girias Rimadas Cockney – foi a melhor traducao que consegui, desculpem rs).

Mas, perai….do que voce esta falando?

Cockney Rhyming Slang (vou chamar de CRS, ok?) eh uma expressao formada por duas palavras (normalmente sao substantivos – eu disse GERALMENTE). Eh como um codigo. Como criar nomes diferentes/ apelidos a palavras ja existentes.

Funciona da seguinte maneira:

A segunda palavra rima com a palavra original. Por exemplo:

A Tenner (se voce nao sabe o que significa “tenner” click aqui)

Ayrton Senna rima com Tenner (quero dizer, “Senna” rima com “tenner”). Por isso, Ayrton Senna eh a CRS para a palavra tenner. Porem, nao eh so isso hahahaha. Com o intuito de confundir forasteiros ou ate mesmo para tirar um “sarro”, a segunda palavra eh omitida e…Robert’s your father’s brother, voce formou a sua giria Cockney!

I had a pint at the pub for an Ayrton.


Area Cockney / Cockney Area Credit: 24 Accoustics

O que significa Cockney entao?

Chamamos de Cockney a pessoa que nasceu nas redondezas dos sinos Bow Bells (Igreja St Mary-le Bow). Falo redondezas porque eh considerado Cockney se a pessoa nasceu em uma area em que se pode ouvir os sinos da ingreja St Mary-le Bow. Hoje em dia, com a poluicao sonora, essa area foi muito reduzida.

Algumas das minhas girias Cockney preferidas (CRS). Sera que voce consegue adivinhar as palavras que elas representam? (Respostas no final do post) 😉

1 – Apples and Pears

2 – Trouble and Strife

3 – Dog and Bone

4 – Loaf of Bread

(English Version)

Have a look at the £10 note above.  Have you noticed anything different?

Yes, that’s Ayrton Senna there. You must be wondering, what on earth is Senna doing on a 10-pound note?


Ayrton Senna, funnily enough, made it to the Cockney Rhyming Slang!

But, hang on a minute…what are you talking about?

Cockney Rhyming Slang (CRS) is an expression formed by 2 words (usually nouns – I said USUALLY). It’s like a code. Like giving different “names” for existing words.

The second word rhymes with the original word. For instance:

A Tenner (if you’re asking yourself wtf? Click here)

Ayrton Senna rhymes with a tenner (I mean, Senna does). Therefore, Ayrton Senna is the Cockney Rhyming Slang for a tenner. However, it’s not that simple hahaha. In order to confuse non-locals or even to have fun, we omit the rhyming word (the second word) and Robert’s your father’s brother, you’ve got your slang!

I had a pint at the pub for an Ayrton.

What is Cockney then?

It’s someone who was born within earshot of Bow Bells (St Mary-le Bow Church). Nowadays this area has been reduced due to noise pollution.

Here are some of my favourite rhyming slang. Can you guess what words they represent?

(Answers at the bottom of the page)


Apples and pears, so what?

1 – Apples and Pears

2 – Trouble and Strife

3 – Dog and Bone

4 – Loaf of Bread


1 – Apples and Pears = Stairs (Escadas) I’m going up the apples.

2 – Trouble and Strife = Wife (Esposa)  He needs to check it with his trouble.

3 – Dog and Bone = Telephone (precisa traduzir? rs) I need to get the dog (=atender o telefone)

4 – Loaf of Bread = Head (Cabeca) C’mon! Use your loaf! 

Hope you enjoyed it! / Espero que tenham gostado 😉


British English / Ingles Britanico

There’s no such thing as American English. There’s  English and there are mistakes. (Elizabeth Windsor on Twitter)

When I first arrived in the UK I had to get used to the different words they have for many things.

Here’s a list of some of them (to be continued) 😉

Umbrella = brolly

Elevator = lift

Cell phone = mobile phonekeep-calm-and-learn-british-english

Sidewalk = pavement

Drunk = pissed

Toilet = loo

Television = telly

Parking lot = car park

Downtown = city centre

Cigarette = fag

Subway = underground

Sneakers = trainers

Panties = knickers

Panty hose = tights

pound (money)  = quid

Can = tin

Thanks = Cheers