I went to see the play My Fair Lady on Wednesday night at our local Saenger Theatre and decided that I’d talk about what a true Cockney is. Eliza Doolittle was a Cockney but it’s not merely a person who drops their ‘haitches when they speak.
It’s actually defined as a person born on the East Side of London within the sound of the ringing of Bow Bells. Bow Bells is the bells of the church of St. Mary Le-Bow. So, a person who lives in London and speaks with a twangy accent, may not be a true Cockney after all.