Cache-Control: public, max-age=1024000 Cant terms for People
18th Century Thieves Cant
People : General Descriptions of People
BLABone that is not to be confided in upon an Enterprize or Intrigue.1737
BLABA tell-tale, or one incapable of keeping a secret1811
BLANKdown looked, sheepish, guilty.1737
BLANKTo look blank; to appear disappointed or confounded.1811
BOUGHSas He is up in the Boughs, said of one upon the Rant, or in a great Ferment.1737
BOUGHSHe is up in the boughs; he is in a passion.1811
BRAVADOa vapouring, or bouncing.1737
BURRa Hanger on or Dependant.1737
BURRA hanger on, or dependant; an allusion to the field burrs, which are not easily got rid of. Also the Northumbrian pronunciation: the people of that country, but chiefly about Newcastle and Morpeth, are said to have a burr in their throats, particularly called the Newcastle burr.1811
CHICKENa feeble little Creature, of mean Spirit.1737
COCK-SUREvery sure.1737
COCK-SURECertain: a metaphor borrowed front the cock of a firelock, as being much more certain to fire than the match.1811
COCKISHwanton, uppish, forward.1737
COCKISHWanton, forward. A cockish wench; a forward coming girl.1811
COOK RUFFIAN, who roasted the devil in his feathA bad cook.1811
COOK-RUFFINthe Devil of a Cook; or a very bad one.1737
People : People of Various Types
ALSATIANSthe Inhabitants of these two Places, such as broken Tradesmen, extravagant Spendthrifts.1737
BOB-TROTTERSScotch or North Country Moss-troopers, or Highway-Men.1737
BOG-LANDERSIrish Men.1737
CLANa Family, Tribe, Faction, or Party, in Scotland chiefly, but now any where else.1737
CLANA familys tribe or brotherhood; a word much used in Scotland. The head of the clan; the chief: an allusion to a story of a Scotchman, who, when a very large louse crept down his arm, put him back again, saying he was the head of the clan, and that, if injured, all the rest would resent it.1811
DEAR JOYESIrishmen1737
DEAR JOYSIrishmen: from their frequently making use of that expression.1811
FORTUNE HUNTERSIndigent men, seeking to enrich themselves by marrying a woman of fortune.1811
FORTUNE-HUNTERSIrishmen, Pursuers of rich Heiresses, etc. to obtain them in Marriage. A Creature of Fortune, one that lives by his Wit.1737
FROGLANDERA Dutchman.1811
JANIZARIESthe Mob, sometimes so called, and Bailiffs, Serjeants-Followers, yeomen, Setters, and any lewd Gang depending upon others.1737
MOON RAKERSWiltshire men: because it is said that some men of that county, seeing the reflection of the moon in a pond, endeavoured to pull it out with a rake.1811
PADDYThe general name for an Irishman: being the abbreviation of Patrick, the name of the tutelar saint of that island.1811
POMPKINA man or woman of Boston in America: from, the number of pompkins raised and eaten by the people of that country. Pompkinshire; Boston and its dependencies.1811
RED SHANKA Scotch Highlander.1811
RIFF RAFFLow vulgar persons, mob, tag-rag and bob-tail.1811
RIFF-RAFFthe Rabble or Scum of the People, Tagrag and Longtail.1737
SAWNY or SANDYA general nick-name for a Scotchman, as Paddy is for an Irishman, or Taffy for a Welchman; Sawny or Sandy being the familiar abbreviation or diminution of Alexander, a very favourite name among the Scottish nation.1811
SCUMthe Riff-raff, or Tagrag and Longtail.1737
SCUMThe riff-raff, tag-rag, and bob-tail, or lowest order of people.1811
SEALERone that gives Bonds and Judgement for Goods and Money.1737
SEALER, or SQUEEZE WAXOne ready to give bond and judgment for goods or money.1811
SMOUSA German Jew.1811
TAFFY, i.eDavy. A general name for a Welchman, St. David being the tutelar saint of Wales. Taffys day; the first of March, St. Davids day.1811
TEA GUELANDIreland. Teaguelanders; Irishmen.1811
YELLOW BELLYA native of the Fens of Licoinshire; an allusion to the eels caught there.1811
YORKSHIRE TYKEA Yorkshire clown. To come Yorkshire over any one; to cheat him.1811
YORKSHIRE-TIKEa Yorkshire Manner of Man.1737
YOUKELLa countryman, or clown.1819