A Dictionary of Modern Slang, Cant, and Vulgar Words: Used at the Present Day in the Streets of London, the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge, the Houses of Parliament, the Dens of St. Giles, and the Palaces of St. James : Preceded by a History of Cant and Vulgar Language : with Glossaries of Two Secret Languages, Spoken by the Wandering Tribes of London, the Costermongers, and the Patterers

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Página 43 - ... another is gone, and so take another road." The works of Hoyland and Borrow supply other instances. I cannot close this subject without drawing attention to the extraordinary fact, that actually on the threshold of the gibbet the sign of the vagabond is to be met with ! " The murderer's signal is even exhibited from the gallows • as a red handkerchief held in the hand of the felon about to be executed is a token that he dies without having betrayed any professional secrets."* Since the first...
Página 299 - Magna Charta. An Exact Facsimile of the Original Document in the British Museum, printed on fine plate paper, nearly 3 feet long by 2 feet wide, with the Arms and Seals emblazoned in Gold and Colours. Price 5s. The Roll of Battle Abbey...
Página 5 - Cant' is, by some people, derived from one Andrew Cant, who, they say, was a presbyterian minister in some illiterate part of Scotland, who by exercise and use had obtained the faculty, alias gift, of talking in the pulpit in such a dialect, that it is said he was understood by none but his own congregation, and not by all of them.
Página 154 - Whom bishops govern and whom priests advise ; Wherein are various states and due degrees, The bench for honour, and the stall for ease ; That ease be mine, which, after all his cares, The pious, peaceful prebendary shares.
Página 217 - To cheese converted, what can be its boast? What, but the common virtues of a post ! If drought o'ertake it faster than the knife, Most fair it bids for stubborn length of life, And, like the oaken...
Página 277 - DICTIONARY OF AMERICANISMS. A Glossary of Words and Phrases colloquially used in the United States. By John Russell Bartlett.
Página 56 - I may note," says a writer of the time, "that the rabble first changed their title, and were called the 'mob' in the assemblies of this [The Green Ribbon] Club. It was their beast of burden, and called first ' mobile vulgus,' but fell naturally into the contraction of one syllable, and ever since is become proper English."* Yet we find considerably later a writer in The Spectator speaking of ' mob' as still only struggling into existence.
Página 281 - DECKER'S (Thomas) English Villanies, eight several times prest to Death by the Printers, but still reviving again, are now the eighth time (as at the first) discovered by Lanthorne and Candle-light, &c., 4x0.
Página 135 - Now, my brethren," said he, " if you are satisfied with the security, down with the DUST." DUST, a disturbance, or noise, " to raise a dust,
Página 177 - Lingua Franca phrase for an eating-house. The well-known " Nix Mangiare" stairs at Malta derive their name from the endless beggars •who lie there and shout, "Nix mangiare," ie,

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