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given in italics frequently show only the direction or probable source of the etymology. The author, to avoid tedious verbiage, was obliged, in so small a work, to be curt in his notes and suggestions.

He has to explain also that a few words will, probably, be noticed in the slang and cant dictionary that are questionable as coming under either of those designations. These have been admitted because they were originally either vulgar terms, or the compiler had something novel to say concerning them. The makers of our large dictionaries have been exceedingly crotchety in their choice of what they considered respectable words. It is amusing to know that Richardson used the word HUMBUG to explain the sense of other words, but omitted it in the alphabetical arrangement as not sufficiently respectable and ancient. The word SLANG, too, he served in the same way.

Filthy and obscene words have been carefully excluded, although street-talk, unlicensed and unwritten, abounds in these.

“Immodest words admit of no defence,

For want of decency is want of sense.” It appears from the calculations of philologists, that there are 38,000 words in the English language, including derivations. I believe I have, for the first time, in consecutive order, added at least 3,000 words

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EXPLANATION OF THE HIEROGLYPHICS, X NO GOOD; too poor, and know too much. nt STOP, --if you have what they want, they will buy. They are

pretty “fly” (knowing). J GO IN THIS, DIRECTION, it is better than the other road.

Nothing that way.
BONE (good).

“cold tatur,” if for nothing else.
Cheese your patter(don't talk much) here.
COOPER'D (spoilt), by too many tramps calling there,
GAMMY (unfavourable), likely to have you taken up.

Mind the dog.
FLUMMUXED (dangerous), sure of a month in quod (prison).

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RELIGIOUS, but tidy on the whole.

See page xl.

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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 THB PALACES OF ST. JAMES.

PRECEDED BY A

HISTORY OF CANT AND VULGAR LANGUAGE

FROM THE TIME OF HENRY VIII. ; SHEWING ITS

CONNECTION WITH THE

GIPSEY TONGUE;

WITH

GLOSSARIES OF TWO SECRET LANGUAGES,

SPOKEN BY THE WANDERING TRIBES OF LONDON, THE COSTERMONGERS,

AND THE PATTERERS.

BY A LONDON ANTIQUARY.

“Rabble-charming words, which carry so much wild-fire wrapt up in them."-SOUTH.

C. LONDON:
JOHN CAMDEN HOTTEN,

Antiquarian Bookseller,

PICCADILLY.

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