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Redrobes
08-30-2008, 09:50 AM
Did you see this article about a 1736 dictionary which includes thieves cant ? I thought that much of this was just rumor so this is an eye opener.

Info here...
http://www.fromoldbooks.org/NathanBailey-CantingDictionary/

But link to Cant words here
http://www.fromoldbooks.org/NathanBailey-CantingDictionary/A

ravells
08-30-2008, 11:20 AM
Interesting find, redrobes!

I think I'll call my wife a GIMCRACK when she gets home (a spruce Wench), and see what her reaction is!

Gamerprinter
08-30-2008, 11:44 AM
Did you see this article about a 1736 dictionary which includes thieves cant ? I thought that much of this was just rumor so this is an eye opener.

Info here...
http://www.fromoldbooks.org/NathanBailey-CantingDictionary/

But link to Cant words here
http://www.fromoldbooks.org/NathanBailey-CantingDictionary/A

Redrobes, in America, we've got those Irish Clan scam-artists called "Travelers", and they speak Cant. There was a woman, former Traveler, now outcast from her family that revealed much of the Cant dialect.

Cant is definitely real - not a rumor.

Threadjack: what I'd like to see is a reference for Pigeon English - the bastardized language spoken by Hawaiians. It is composed on English, Hawaiian, Japanese, Portuguese and a couple other languages. It was developed at the turn of the 19th to 20th centuries. Plantation workers were kept isolated within their own work camps to better control them. When the union movement started, the camp inhabitants broke out and established connections with other camp workers. They developed the language as a way conspire against the plantation owners.

To this day, most Hawaiian locals speak Pigeon, in addition to English and Hawaiian. I've heard Pigeon words, but no complete reference to the dialect. I would love to learn more.

GP

Turgenev
08-30-2008, 12:44 PM
That's pretty cool, Redrobes. Nice find. I can't help but think of Cockney Rhyming Slang when one mentions Thieves Cant (note: I'm not calling those from London's East End thieves, but it is the masking of the language that makes the connection for me :P).