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Would you Adam and Eve it? The use of Cockney rhyming slang is soon to be cream crackered, according to a survey commissioned by the Museum of London.

The study revealed that among the 2,000 adults questioned – including half born in London – only 20% understood the famous East End lingo.

“For many people, Cockney rhyming slang is intrinsic to the identity of London. However this research suggests that the Cockney dialect itself may not be enjoying the same level of popularity," said Alex Werner, head of history collections at the Museum of London.

ABOVE: Apples and pears (meaning stairs) - one of the few phrases Londoners surveyed understood

The slang, which emerged during the 19th century as a way for London’s immigrant community to talk to each other without being understood, is thought to be being replaced by more modern phrases such as “OMG”, “Innit” and “(It’s all gone) Pete Tong”, thanks to text speak and shows such as The Only Way is Essex.

Think you know your Cockney rhyming slang? Check out these classic phrases:

Apples and Pears = stairs

Adam and Eve = believe

Bacon and eggs = legs

Custard and jelly = telly

Cream crackered = knackered

ABOVE: We'll be getting our bacon and eggs out this summer

Tea leaf = thief

Ruby Murray = curry

Vera Lynn = gin

Donkey’s Ears = years

Lady Godiva = fiver

ABOVE: Vera Lynn and tonic, anyone?

Dickie bird = word

Trouble and strife = wife

Butcher’s hook = look

Barnet Fair = hair

Dog and bone = phone

Pictures: Rex

What do you think? Is the London lingo on its way out? Let us know on Twitter or in the comments section below.

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