The language of crime has a long and venerable history - in fact, the first dictionary of words specifically used by criminals, Hye-Way to the Spittel House, dates from as early as 1531. Jonathon Green is our national expert on slang, and in Crooked Talk he looks at five hundred years of crooks and conmen, from the hedge-creepers and counterfeit cranks of the sixteenth century to the blaggers and burners of the twenty-first. Not to mention a substantial detour behind bars into the world of prisons, and, of course, the swag, the hideouts, the getaway vehicles and allied 'tools of the trade' - not forgetting the cops, peelers, fly cops and all other varieties of the boys in blue. Arranged thematically, the book shows where particular words came from, how they have evolved and why they mean what they do. If you have ever wondered when the police were first referred to as pigs (the eighteenth century), why prison guards became known as redraws ('warder' backwards), or what precisely the subtle art of dipology involves (pickpocketing), then this book has all the answers.362 pay with a hook 88 pea and thimhle 74 peach 259, 270 pearl handle 356 peashooter 131 peasoup 254 peck 60 ... 233 peeper 25o pegging-crib 211 Pen 315.119 pen-and-inker 262 pen shot 320 Pwcil-Whip 136 pinching lay 46 pine- box ... on the dog 257 on the earn 252 on the fade-out 359 on the fiddle 10 on the fuck 198 on the game 228 on the hop 359 on ... 23 on the lam 359 on the lope 359 on the make 252 on the mat 267 on the never 16 on the pavement 362 on the seekanbsp;...
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