Hackney Diamonds


broken glass

TRANSLATION

Hackney Diamonds = zerbrochenes Glas auf der Straße, in der Regel von zerbrochenen Autoscheiben als Folge von Diebstahl

STATISTICS

IN THE PRESS

“Why is new Rolling Stones album called HACKNEY DIAMONDS? The band teased a new album with a cryptic newspaper ad.”

Ethan Croft — Evening Standard (7th September 2023)

Did you
know?

Hackney Diamonds
colloquial phrase

- broken glass in the street, usually from broken car windows as a result of theft (Dalston is an area of Hackney, East London)

The Londoner


PHRASE ORIGIN

The placename 'Hackney', is derived from Middle English hakeney (formerly a town; now a borough of London) which was used for grazing horses before sale, from Old English Hacan īeġ “Haca's Island”, literally “Hook's Island”.

The term 'hackney', as used in hackney coaches and cabs comes from the Norman French word “hacquenée”, meaning a horse for hire. Hackney coaches first appeared in London in Tudor times, when wealthy people who owned coaches hired them out to recoup some of the high cost of keeping them.


GLASS SHARDS AND ROCK STARS
The Dual Meaning of “Hackney Diamonds”

Hackney Diamonds is an old east London slang phrase for broken glass. Specifically, it refers to shards of glass left over from broken car windows and shop windows as a result of robbery. East Londoners also use the phrase “Dalston Diamonds”, which references a specific area of Hackney.

Hackney Diamonds is also the name of The Rolling Stones’ recently launched 24th British studio album — featuring Lady Gaga, Stevie Wonder, and other well-known artists.


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