The Slang Dictionary: Etymological, Historical, and Anecdotal

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Chatto and Windus, 1874 - English language - 382 pages
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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 296 - correspondent says that Tennyson is decidedly partial to slang, and instances amongst other proofs a passage from the laureate's famous Locksley Hall:— " Many a night, from yonder ivied casement, ere I went to rest, Did I look on great Orion
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 264 - 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 375 - 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,
Page 340 - Now the wild white horses play, Champ and chafe and toss in the spray. Children, dear, let us away, This way, this

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