A Vocabulary of Criminal Slang: With Some Examples of Common Usages

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Modern Printing Company, 1914 - Cant - 103 pages
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Page 26 - All the fagots (sissies) will be dressed in drag at the ball tonight.
Page 50 - Paris casting ... to give the "phoney" broken-arm trick a cloak of respectability. — A- No. 1 , America's Most Celebrated Tramp, "The Trail of the Tramp," 72 (Erie, Pennsylvania). 1914 Lamos, adj. General currency. Gold-plated; flimsy; unsubstantial. Derived from the name of a firm of Chicago jewelers who supplied the cheap jewelry trade with 'PHONIES,
Page 15 - Broad is derived from the far-fetched metaphor of "meal ticket," signifying a female provider for a pimp, from the fanciful correspondence of a meal ticket to a railroad or other ticket, which latter originally was exclusively used by "gonlfs" to indicate "broad,
Page 39 - HEAVY WEIGHT, Noun Current amongst long-odds crooks. A desperate thief; a husky capable of delivering a dangerous attack in the event of personal encounter; a yegg; a burglar; a "stickup man.
Page 40 - I can't see you tonight; I've got a Jane on my hip." "What's the use of taking more on your hip?
Page 43 - Current in localities where North European laborers abound. A corruption of Hungarian, but employed to signify a Continental European who is unwashed and unnaturalized. HUSTLER, Noun General currency. A grafter; a pimp who steals betimes. The genteel thief is designated a "hustler.
Page 39 - next"; "on." Derived from the name of a fabulous detective who operated in Cincinnati, the legend has it, who knew so much about criminality and criminals that his patronymic became a byword for the last thing in wisdom of illicit possibilities. Example: "Chop the skirmish; he's hep.
Page 39 - HEEL, Noun General currency. An incompetent; an undesirable; an inefficient or pusillanimous pretender to sterling criminal qualifications. See "FINK"; "DEAD ONE"; "CRAB"; "LOB.
Page 38 - HAM, Verb General usage. To walk. Example: "If we get a tumble, it's a case of ham.
Page 84 - WOP, Noun Used principally in the east. An ignorant person; a foreigner; an impossible character.

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