A Dictionary Of The Underworld, British and American (Revised Edition) Being the Vocabularies of Crooks, Criminals, Racketeers, Beggars and Tramps, Convicts, The Commercial Underworld, The Drug Traffic, The White Slave Traffic, Spivs

Eric Partridge

Published by Bonanza, 1961
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NO EXPEDITED SHIPPING THROUGH B&N, ALIBRIS OR AMAZON. These orders will ONLY ship U.S. domestic media mail. Oversized hardcover. xii+ 817 pp. Fine, touch of shelf wear and a small ownership signature stamp front free endpaper. In near fine dust ajcket with just a bit of wear at the sp[ne extremities. The revised edition with new addenda, the first printing being 1949. A fascinating and unique study of language as well as an invaluable piece of social history. The British vocabulary dates back to the 16th century and the American to the late 18th. Each entry gives the approximate date of origin and the etymology together with quotations and a note as to the mileau in which the expressions arose. Herein we l;earn that a"blower" was a prostitute, a "deacon" a side-door guard, "Itchland" was Scotland, "moon men" were gypsies, a "moocher" was, well, a moocher etc., etc. Bookseller Inventory #

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Title: A Dictionary Of The Underworld, British and ...
Publisher: Bonanza
Publication Date: 1961
Binding: Hardcover
Book Condition: Fine
Edition: Revised.

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