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sep 29, 2009

cockney cash machine

while we were in london for the recent design festival we came across an ATM that offered the unexpected language option of ‘cockney‘. choosing the rhyming slang means that your pin number is referred to as ‘huckleberry finn’,  cash : ‘sausage and mash’, card : ‘bladder of lard’ and so on.

the machine on commercial street (opposite the corner of commercial street and fashion street) is one of five from the company ‘bank machine’ located in east london that will feature a cockney interface for the next two months.

‘we wanted to introduce something fun and of local interest to our london machines. while we expect some residents will visit the machine to just have a butcher’s (look), most will be genuinely pleased as this is the first time a financial services provider will have recognised the cockney language in such a manner.‘ ron delnevo, managing director of bank machine.

you can read more about the cash machines here.

(thanks to michael-george for the pics)

  • crazy

    berry says:
  • hahaha

    hober says:
  • i find this a bit offensive. no wait – it’s awesome.

    bizzee says:
  • Say what?!

    ben smithson says:
  • The problem with this is it’s half-hearted.

    A lot of the rhymes used have been made up to fit, and then because no-one would know what they mean, they’ve put the English in brackets.

    Worst of all, no cockney ever says the full rhyme, except to explain it, me old china.

    Rikki says:
  • I think this is great. Its nice to see something like this that has not been done for finacial gain but just to make people smile. love it.

    henryep says:

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