Vocabulum: Or, The Rogue's Lexicon

Vocabulum Or The Rogue s Lexicon As New York City s Chief of Police and an owner of the National Police Gazette George W Matsell had an abiding interest in criminal speechways Although he compiled this dictionary for his c

  • Title: Vocabulum: Or, The Rogue's Lexicon
  • Author: George W. Matsell
  • ISBN: 9781584774846
  • Page: 332
  • Format: Hardcover
  • As New York City s Chief of Police and an owner of the National Police Gazette, George W Matsell 1811 1877 had an abiding interest in criminal speechways Although he compiled this dictionary for his colleagues in law enforcement, Matsell recognized its value to the linguist As he notes in the preface, criminal terms were beginning to enter general usage and appeared rAs New York City s Chief of Police and an owner of the National Police Gazette, George W Matsell 1811 1877 had an abiding interest in criminal speechways Although he compiled this dictionary for his colleagues in law enforcement, Matsell recognized its value to the linguist As he notes in the preface, criminal terms were beginning to enter general usage and appeared regularly in newspapers, court reports and other publications Includes such entries as acorn a gallows , hemp the flat choke a fool , rumbo a prison and tyburn blossom a young thief The appendix contains samples of criminal speech and writing with translations and the vocabularies of gamblers, billiard players, pugilists and stock brokers of the era Published just before the Civil War, this dictionary offers a fascinating glimpse into the American underworld in the first half of the nineteenth century

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    1. This is an amazing find and would make a great gift for anybody with a love for the language of the underclasses or law enforcementor crime! So many great ethnic phrases and terms here. This is an authentic joy to peruse. I got the 1977 edition, which is tall and white, rather than the 2008 edition, which may be better suited for a bookcase. I think that old one was only $13 new!

    2. Just an index of words used by criminals back when. Interesting and a lot of fun, although I have to say some of these are pretty goofy.

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