Cockney (probably from Lat. coquina, a kitchen, and related to the Fr. Cocagne and It. Cuccagna, an imaginary country of luxurious idleness), a nickname applied to a certain class of Londoners. It has been interpreted to mean a person so delicately nurtured as to be ignorant and incapable of labor, hardship, or any rudeness. The name occurs in verses as ancient as the reign of Henry II. When, during and prior to the reign of Henry VIII., the sages of the Middle Temple were accustomed to disport themselves on Childermas day, it was ordained that the king of the cockneys, with his marshal, butler, constable, and other officers, should be entertained with due service, in "honest manner and good order." The modern cockney mispronunciation consists in the abuse of the consonant r appended to words ending in a vowel, as Apollar, sofar, lor, for Apollo, sofa, law. The cockney school of literature is an appellation under which the wits of " Blackwood's Magazine," in its earlier numbers, assailed Leigh Hunt, Hazlitt, Keats, and some other young authors.