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Cockney Rhyming Slang and Medical Terminology

Anand N. Bosmia, Christoph J. Griessenauer, R. Shane Tubbs

Abstract


Cockney is an English dialect that is prevalent in the East End of London. An idiosyncratic feature of this dialect is "Cockney rhyming slang", in which the speaker replaces the words he actually means to say with words or phrases that rhyme with his or her intended words. Pop culture can inspire the introduction of new terms into this informal medical jargon. The authors discuss the role of pop culture in the historical development of medical terms in Cockney rhyming slang, and identify Cockney medical terms that physicians and other healthcare professionals who service the East End of London may encounter.

 


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