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“Tokyo”, Cocaine & Those Peaky Blinders – The Feedback

Posted: January 17th, 2015 | 5 Comments »

I blogged a while back about the word “Tokyo” as slang for cocaine and its use in 1920s London in the second series of Peaky Blinders. It wasn’t a term I was familiar with and asked China Rhyming readers if it was an actual term from the time or just an invention of the scriptwriters? You didn’t disappoint – some responses:

probably e a custom mix from one of the Chinese drug dealers broadly speaking a mix of coke strychnine amphetamine and morphine.

Tokyo rose was cockney rhyming slang for nose, which would make sense…..

Cockney rhyming slang – Cocaine ==> Coke ==> Toke ==> Tokyo

one of the first chemists to synthesize methamphetamine was Japanese. In the series Tommy points out to Arther that Tokyo is used on race horses. I believe that “Tokyo” is slang for any kind of speed.

And, seemingly definitively, from some who’s father was a Bobby (cop) in the 1950’s, in London, and who’s Granddad was a Bobby in the 1920’s. Both spoke Cockney fluently, Tokyo was the slang for Coke, Meth, too much sugar… Pretty much anything that gave you crazy energy!


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5 Comments on ““Tokyo”, Cocaine & Those Peaky Blinders – The Feedback”

  1. 1 Cheeky Peaky said at 2:17 am on April 11th, 2016:

    Perfect – exactly the info I was after!!

  2. 2 Jay508 said at 2:52 pm on August 7th, 2017:

    Tokyo is the pink colored special k….. used on horses probably references that its aninal tranquilizer

  3. 3 dr whinbonda said at 5:47 pm on June 21st, 2018:

    I am the real Thomas Shelby I have been in hiding since the whole police problem, I am a man who has moved into the local area, and im having a house warming party of which I will be inviting some local adults

  4. 4 Jarett Blinder said at 6:42 am on April 27th, 2019:

    Thank you for this thread I love pesky blinders and this thread deserves some proper recognition. THUMBS UP

  5. 5 Zeph said at 11:01 am on July 15th, 2019:

    Cockney is a London thing. If the cockneys in London called it Tokyo…then The brummies would have had their own name for it. Its not a rhyming slang thing!

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