COCKNEY

The documents to which this comes from are the Notes & Queries of 1850 & 1851.

The following is just a small part of a dialogue taking places between subscribers to this publication.

In particular it is entitled 'Replies' - COCKNEY (Vol. iv., pp. 273.318)

 

QUOTE: -

The following passages collected from various sources will perhaps help to illustrate the origin and the several meanings of this word Cockney: -

 

Fuller's first sense is:-

"One coaks'd or cockered, made a wanton or nestlecock of, delicately bred and brought up, so that when grown men or women they can endure no hardship, nor comport with pains taking"

 

" 'Tis not their fault, but our mothers', our cockering mothers, who for their labour make us to be called Cockneys." - Dekker, A Knight's Conjuring. 1607

 

"And when this jape is told another day"

"I shall be halden a daffe or a Cockenay" -  Chaucer, The Reve's Tale .............

 

From here on the text is unreadable but I hope what is able to be transcribed is of interest - Thank you for looking!