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Wednesday, October 12, 2011

~Regency Wednesday~ Random Cant Day (#6)

It's that time again! Time for more random cant (slang) from the 1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue. YAY!! 

Affidavit Men. Knights of the post, or false witnesses, said to attend Westminster Hall, and other courts of justice, ready to swear any thing for hire. 
Degen, or Dagen. A sword. Nim the degen; steal the sword. Dagen is Dutch for a sword. Cant
Demy-rep. An abbreviation of demy-reputation; a woman of doubtful character. 
Gift of the Gab. A facility of speech. 
Mushroom. A person or family suddenly raised to riches and eminence: an allusion to that fungus, which starts up in a night. 

*Taken verbatim from 1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue, available for free download from Amazon's Kindle store

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