We’ve all heard it: the horrible fake English accent. You don’t 'alf know wot Oy mean, guvnah.
Who is this governor? Is it a fictional character in a Cockney-themed play that has become a part of a bad accent? Or do real Eastenders use “governor” as a form of address? And if so, why? Has there ever been an official governor in Britain (as opposed to British colonies, which did have governors)?