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EXPLANATION OF THE HIEROGLYPHICS.

No good; too poor, and know too much.

Stop,^f you have what they want, they will buy. They are pretty uJIyn (knowing).' ,n

Go in this direction, it is better than the other road. Notljjng that way.

Bone (good). Safe for a "cold tatur," if for nothing else. "Cheese jL.ir patter" (don't talk much) here.

Cooper'd (spoilt) by too many tramps calling there..

Grammy (unfavourable), likely to have you taken up. Mind the dog.

IPlum-niiixed (dangerous), sure of a month in "quod" prison.

Religious, but tidy ofa the whole.

: Wdj|Lff Seep. 31,

THE

SLANG DICTIONARY,

ETYMOLOGICAL, HISTORICAL,
AND ANECDOTAL.

<y- A NEW EDITION, 'Jt^* -----

REVISED AND CORRECTED, WITH MANY ADDITIONS." ~~

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CHATTO AND WINDUS, PUBLISHERS,

(SUCCESSORS TO JOHN CAMDEN HOTTEN.)

1874.

LONDON:

SAVILL, EDWARDS AMD CO., PRINTERS, CHANDOS STREET,

COVEHT GARDEN.

PREFACE.

QLANG, like everything else, changes much in the ^ course of time; and though but fifteen years have elapsed since this Dictionary was first introduced to the public, alterations have since then been many and frequent in the subject of which it treats. The first issue of a work of this kind is, too, ever beset with difficulties, and the compiler was always aware that, though under the circumstances of its production the book was an undoubted success, it necessarily lacked many of the elements which would make that success lasting, and cause the "Slang Dictionary" to be regarded as an authority and a work of reference not merely among the uneducated, but among people of cultivated tastes and inquiring minds. For though the vulgar use of the word Slang applies to those words only which are used by the^dangerous classes and the lowest grades of society, trie*' term has in reality, (and -should have—as every one who has ever studied the subject knows]— a much wider significance. Bearing this in mind, the original publisher of this Dictionary lost no opportunity

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