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18th Century Thieves Cant
Places : Places
ALSATIA THE HIGHERWhite-Fryars; once a Privileged Place, as the Mint was lately; but suppressed, on Account of the notorious Abuses committed in it.1737
ALSATIA THE LOWERthe Mint in Southwark.1737
BLACK-INDIESNewcastle, from whence the C oals are brought.1737
BLIND ALE-HOUSEone fit to conceal a pursued or hunted Villain.1737
CHELSEAA village near London, famous for the military hospital. To get Chelsea; to obtain the benefit of that hospital. Dead Chelsea, by G-d! an exclamation uttered by a grenadier at Fontenoy, on having his leg carried away by a cannon-ball.1811
CHINA STREETa cant name for Bow Street, Covent Garden.1819
DEUSEAVILEthe Country.1737
ESSEX STILEA ditch; a great part of Essex is low marshy ground, in which there are more ditches than Stiles.1811
GAFFA fair. The drop coves maced the joskins at the gaff; the ring-droppers cheated the countryman at the fair.1811
GAFFa country fair; also a meeting of gamblers for the purpose of play ; any public place of amusement is liable to be called the gaff, when spoken of in flash company who know to what it alludes.1819
GRUB STREETA street near Moorfields, formerly the supposed habitation of many persons who wrote for the booksellers: hence a Grub-street writer means a hackney author, who manufactures booss for the booksellers.1811
HELLthe Place where the Taylors lay up t heir Cabbage, or Remnants.1737
HUMMUMSa Bagnio.1737
JACK-ADAMS PARISHClerkenwell.1737
JAGUEa Ditch.1737
JAGUEa Ditch.1737
LOUSE LANDScotland.1737
LOUSE LANDScotland.1811
MONKERYthe country parts of England are called The Monkery.1819
MUM GLASSthe Monument, erected at the Ci ty Charge, in Memory of the dreadful Fire 1666, which consumed the greatest part of the City.1737
MUM GLASSThe monument erected on Fish-street Hill, London, in memory of the great fire in 1666.1811
PORRIDGE ISLANDAn alley leading from St. Martins church-yard to Round-court, chiefly inhabited by cooks, who cut off ready-dressed meat of all sorts, and also sell soup.1811
ROMEVILLELondon. Cant.1811
RUFFMANSthe Woods or Bushes.1737
RUFFMANSThe woods, hedges, or bushes. CANT.1811
SCRATCH LANDScotland.1811
SHANNONA river in Ireland: persons dipped in that river are perfectly and for ever cured of bashfulness.1811
SKIPPERa Barn.1737
SKIPPERA barn. CANT.--Also the captain of a Dutch vessel.1811
SLEEPING-HOUSEwithout Shop, Warehouse or Cellar, only for a private Family.1737
STARVEEM, ROBEM, AND CHEATEMStroud, Rochester, and Chatham; so called by soldiers and sailors, and not without good reason.1811
TERRA-FIRMAan Estate in Land; Has the Cu ll got any Terra Firma? Has the Fool got any Land.1737
TURKISH-SHORELambeth, Southwark and Roth erhith Side of the Water.1737
URINAL OF THE PLANETSIreland, with us, because of its frequent and great Rains; as Heidelberg, and Cologn in Germany, have the same Name upon the same Account; also a Chamber-pot, or Glass.1737
URINAL OF THE PLANETSIreland: so called from the frequent rains in that island.1811
WHETSTONES PARKa Lane betwixt Holbourn and Lincolns-Inn-Fields, formerly a noted Nest for Whores, now disparkd.1737
WHETSTONES PARKA lane between Holborn and Lincolns-inn Fields, formerly famed for being the resort of women of the town.1811
WISEACRES HALLGresham college.1811
ZEDLANDGreat part of the west country, where the letter Z is substituted for S; as zee for see, zun for sun,1811
Places : Prisons and Imprisonment
KINGS HEAD INNor the Chequer Inn in Newgate-street; the Prison of Newgate.1737
Places : Travel
COBBLEA kind of boat.1811
CROPPINthe Tail, as, The Croppin of the Rotan, The Tail of the Cart.1737
FEATHER-BED LANEA rough or stony lane.1811
FEATHER-BED-LANEany bad Road, but particularly that betwixt Dunchurch and Daintry. To Feather his nest, to inrich himself by indirect Means, or at the expence of others.1737
JUMBLE-GUT-LANEany very bad or rough Road.1737
JUMBLEGUT LANEA rough road or lane.1811
LARKA boat.1811
LEATHERN CONVENIENCE(by the Quakers) a Coach.1737
LUMBERLive lumber; soldiers or passengers on board a ship are so called by the sailors.1811
PEETERa Portmanteau, or Cloak-bag. Bite the Peelter, to whip off the Cloak-bag.1737
PETERA portmanteau or cloke-bag. Biter of peters; one that makes it a trade to steal boxes and trunks from behind stage coaches or out of waggons. To rob Peter to pay Paul; to borrow of one man to pay another: styled also manoeuvring the apostles.1811
PETERa parcel or bundle, whether large or small; but most properly it signifies a trunk or box.1819
POGUEA bag, (probably a corruption of poke.)1819
ROGERA portmanteau; also a mans yard. Cant.1811
ROGERa Portmanteau, a Goose; also a Mans Yard. Likewise a Thief-taker.1737
RUM PADThe highway. CANT.1811
RUM-PADthe Highway.1737
SCULL, or SCULLERA boat rowed by one man with a light kind of oar, called a scull; also a one-horse chaise or buggy.1811
SHANKS NAGGYTo ride shanks naggy: to travel on foot. SCOTCH.1811
TRIPa short Voyage or Journey; also an Error of the Tongue, or Pen; a Stumble, a false Step, a Miscarriage. Also a Bastard.1737