Mockney (mock cockney)

callary ed tb0exc1 at CORN.CSO.NIU.EDU
Fri Jan 19 13:37:00 UTC 2001

u.s. news and world report, jan 8 01, citing john simpson of the oed, says
mockney dates from 1989 and refers to 'educated middle-classers ditching
posh accents for a working-class dialect. pop culture stars speak mockney
"to acquire instant street cred, to appear blokey,"' (quoting simpson.'
examples given are dropping of initial h, substituting v for th (voiced)
medially, using guv'nor for boss and the missus for wife.

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