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The Slang Dictionary: Etymological, Historical, Andecdotal
John Camden Hotten
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American amongst ancient appearance applied beat become beggars blow boys called Cant cards carried century character cheat classes clothes common corruption costermongers course custom derived Dictionary drink English expression fact fair fashionable favourite fellow formerly French frequently Gipsy give given half hand head horse Irish kind known language latter living London look manner mark means nearly nose noted obtained once one's originally pass perhaps person phrase piece play popular present prison Probably Quaker race received reference remark round sailors sell sense shillings short signifies similar slang sometimes speak speech sporting steal stick story street supposed synonymous taken talk term thieves thing tramps turn University usually vulgar watch woman word young
Page 234 - Old Marlcy was as dead as a DOOR-NAIL. "Mind ! I don't mean to say that I know of my own knowledge what there is particularly dead about a DOOR-NAIL. I might have been inclined myself to regard a COFFIN-NAIL as the deadest piece of ironmongery in the trade
Page 43 - their title, and were called the " mob" in the assemblies of this [Green Ribbon] club. It was their beasts of burden, and called first mobile vulgus, but fell naturally into the contraction of one syllable, and ever since is become proper English." In the same work, p. 231, the disgraceful origin of SHAM is given.
Page 85 - &c. To this smutty regiment, who attended the progresses, and rode in the carts with the pots and kettles, which, with every other article of furniture, were then moved from palace to palace, the people, in derision, gave the name of black guards ; a term since become sufficiently familiar, and never properly explained.
Page 263 - cross" or "crooked. At all events it is believed to have been first used in England as a cant word. Queer, " to QUEER a flat," to puzzle or confound a " gull," or silly fellow. ' Who in a row like Tom could lead the van, Booze in the ken, or at the spellken hustle? Who QUEER a flat,
Page 226 - It is perhaps this humour of speaking no more words than we needs must which has so miserably curtailed some of our words, that in familiar writings and conversation they often lose all but their first syllables, as in
Page 4 - list of Rogues' Words in the year 1566; and Harrison about the same time,* in speaking of beggars and Gipsies, says, " they have devised a language among themselves which they name Canting, but others Pedlars' Frenche.
Page 80 - a BULL, perhaps only as a similar distinction. The contract was merely a wager, to be determined by the rise or fall of stock : if it rose, the seller paid the difference to the buyer, proportioned to the sum determined by the same computation to the seller.
Page 369 - This work affords a greater insight into the fashionable follies and vulgar habits of Queen Elizabeth's day than perhaps any other extant." Decker's (Thomas) O per se O, or a new Cryer of Lanthorne and Candle-light, an Addition of the Bellman's Second Night's Walke,