(urth) Auk's dimber tip to all flash coves
dlebling at hyraxes.com
Sun Jul 12 14:51:25 PDT 2009
My recollection is that "hoppy" was from the green uniforms of the
Vironese police (by analogy with frogs).
I forget where "limer" and "mews" are used but they are perfectly good
(if obscure) words. Limers are mentioned in books about the English
underclass (Kellow Chesney's "The Victorian Underworld" is a good one --
Neil Gaiman recommends it and it's fascinating), where the word refers
to people who catch birds using birdlime. "Hornboy" and "bucky" are not
even completely obsolete today, if I twig their meanings ("catamite" and
-- Dave Lebling, aka vizcacha
Gwern Branwen wrote:
> On Fri, Jul 10, 2009 at 7:30 PM, Matthew
> Keeley<matthew.keeley.1 at gmail.com> wrote:
>> How about this 1811 dictionary? It has all three.
> That's certainly better; it has a few others - bob cull, 'scavey'
> (Wolfe spells it 'scavy'), cank, to twig, mort (but does Wolfe use
> mort just for women?), cits (but just in the preface, what good is
> But not limer, mews, hornboy, hoppy, or bucky. Guess we need a few
> more dictionaries...
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