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Monkey

‘Allo me Chinas! Another Cockney rhyming slang animal this week to go with the last 3 posts — rabbit, bird’s nest, and elephant’s.

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Monkey is Cockney rhyming slang for £500.

This week’s post is unique in that, the word’s origin is lost to us. It is suggested that soldiers returning from India where, the 500 rupee banknote had a depiction of a monkey on it, returned to England and used the term to now refer to 500 pound sterling. However, there doesn’t seem to be a 500 rupee banknote showing a monkey; so at best it’s just speculation. Cockney rhyming slang is a lot like Who’s Line Is It Anyways, “where everything’s made up and the points don’t matter.”

Adding to last week’s example, here’s this week’s:

I got pretty elephant’s at the battlecruiser last night; ended up spending a monkey, one too many I’d say.

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