(urth) Auk's dimber tip to all flash coves

Gwern Branwen gwern0 at gmail.com
Sat Jul 25 12:04:43 PDT 2009

On Mon, Jul 20, 2009 at 10:27 AM, James Wynn<crushtv at gmail.com> wrote:
> Nathan Bailey's "Canting Dictionary" (1737) contains all three of those
> words:
> http://www.fromoldbooks.org/NathanBailey-CantingDictionary/transcription.html

That's a pretty good dictionary indeed. But I'm starting to think
there may be no one dictionary Wolfe used - that one doesn't include
'hanger', 'queer' (as in 'queer it'), 'coypun', 'hacking',
'skittlepin', 'scavy', 'coaming', 'bucky', 'hornboy' etc. at least a
few of which I'm sure are thieves' cant in the Long Sun.


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