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I've been collecting slang and and publishing books about it for 30 years. My database containswords and phrases and they keep coming. One thing I've learnt - the more diftionary changes, to half-inch the well-known phrase, the more slang stays the same. Politically correct, even polite: I fear not. But humanity at its most human, absolutely. As examples I offer a selection of terms that display some of slang's nuts and bolts.
Cant and Slang are universal and world-wide. In some cases Gipsies ed the English gangs; in others, English vagrants ed the Gipsies.
There is also, though today's young might find this surprising, wicked, which turns up in Dosh image copyrightPA With "older than you think" still in mind, there's dosh - money. Cuta, a gold coin. Autem mortes, married women as chaste as a cowe.
Modern Gipsy. Dope still means drugs, as well as affirming excellence. As before mentioned, it was the work of one Thomas Harman, who lived in the days of Queen Elizabeth.
There was rum booze, which was good strong beer, there was a rum diver who was a competent pickpocket and a rum doxy who was a pretty girl. Thus dog, with its compounds, offers meanings in ot. Gibberish, the language of Gipsies, synonymous with Slang. Dad, in Welsh, also ifies a father.
The vulgar dialect of Malta, and the Scala towns of the Levant—imported into this country and incorporated with English cant—is known as the Lingua Franca, or bastard Italian. This is the sort of proverb, we should imagine, that would hardly commend itself to any one who had not an unnatural and ghoule-like tendency anxious for full development. Pal, a partner, or relation.
Nearly every nation on the face of the globe, polite and barbarous, has its divisions and subdivisions of various ranks of society. Gipsy and Wallachian. It is a vocabulary, after all, in which do good means to make substantial profits from crime and get good to become drunk.
Rumy, a good woman or girl. Cant, apart from religious hypocrisy, refers to the old secret language of Gipsies, thieves, tramps, and beggars.
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Yolo image copyrightGetty Images Slang is ephemeral. The original hipster wore Italian suits, listened to Charlie Parker's brand of "cool" jazz, shot up heroin and doubled as what Norman Mailer, in a famous essay ofchristened "The White Negro". This book, the earliest of the kind, gives the singular fact that within a dozen years after the landing of the Gipsies, companies of English vagrants were formed, places of meeting appointed, districts for plunder and begging operations marked out, and rules agreed dictiknary for their common management.
Mull, to spoil, or bungle.
Modernity lacks the 18th Century's excellent "you are a thief and a murderer: you have killed a baboon and stolen his face" but there is much on offer. What they want is the etymologies - the stories behind the words. Whole nine yards image copyrightThinkstock image captionHow long is that in metric?
Most of the modern Gipsies know the old Cant words as well as their own tongue—or rather what remains of it. Not a few of our ancient and modern Cant and Slang terms are Wallachian and Greek words, picked up by these wanderers from the East, and added to their common stock.
Ignorance, if not bliss, did not impede our use. These are necessarily of many kinds, stationary and wandering, civilized and uncivilized, respectable and disreputable,—those who have fixed abodes and avail themselves of the refinements of civilization, and those who go from place to place picking up a precarious urbwn by petty sales, begging, or theft.
The over-riding image is "not all there". The secret jargon, or rude speech, of the vagabonds who hang upon the Hottentots is termed Cuze-cat. Both Cant and Slang, we have before said, are often huddled together as synonyms; but they are most certainly distinct, and as such should be used.
Tschib, or Jibb, the tongue. Objections may also be raised against Gad, Maund, and many other of these parallels.
Not for the spelling, nor the pronunciation. But the Gipsies, their speech, urbaj character—bad enough, as all the world testifies, but yet not devoid of redeeming qualities—their history, and their religious belief, have been totally disregarded, and their poor persons buffeted and jostled about until it is a wonder that any trace of origin or national speech remains.
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Cogalniceano, in his Essai sur les Cigains de la Moldo-Valachie, estimates them dictonaryThat the former tend to suggest some form of physical ineptitude and latter, sadly, too often boils down to "man hits woman", does not mean there won't be more. Politically correct, even polite: I fear not.
This  race is, however, nearly obsolete. As booze and thousands of other terms make clear, this is far from the rule. Take your pick Kicck couple of chips short of an order, a butty, a happy meal or even a circuit-board, a few bob short of the pound, a few snags short of a barbie, one brick short of a load, one sandwich short of a picnic, one stop short of East Ham yes, "barking" or two wafers short of a communion.
Why do people ti slang dictionaries? Only a few are now Cant, and some are household words.
Your guess, dare I admit, maybe be even better than mine.