Land of Cockaigne

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Cockaigne an imaginary land of idleness and luxury. Recorded from Middle English, the word comes from Old French cocaigne, as in pais de cocaigne ‘fool's paradise’, ultimately from Middle Low German kokenje ‘small sweet cake’, diminutive of koke ‘cake’.

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Cockaigne (In London Town). Concert-ov., Op.40, by Elgar, comp. 1900–1 and ded. to ‘my many friends the members of British orchestras’. Title refers to imaginary land of idleness and luxury from which word ‘Cockney’ is said to be derived.