Criminal Slang of the 19th Century

Slates History-Blog hat sich durch George W. Matsell 1859er Vocabulum aka The Rogues Lexicon gelesen und ein Best-Of der damaligen Gangsta-Slangs aufgeschrieben. Matsell war der erste Polizeichef von New York, erfand die organisierte Verbrechensbekämpfung und war Herausgeber der berüchtigten National Police Gazette (viele Cover und Scans der NPG findet man im hervorragenden Flickr-Stream von Retro Space), einem der langlebigsten Tabloids der Welt, das mitverantwortlich war für den weltweiten Aufstieg des Boxsports.

Hier jedenfalls ein paar von Slates favorite 19th Century Gangster-Vokabeln, das komplette Buch gibt's auf Archive.org. Mein Highlight: „Ivy bush: A very small-faced man who has a large quantity of hair on his face and head“.

Altitudes: A state of drunkenness; being high.
Barking-irons: Pistols.
Bun: A fellow that can not be shaken off.
Cutty-eyed: To look out of the corner of the eyes; to look suspicious; to leer; to look askance. “The copper cutty-eyed us,” the officer looked suspicious at us.
Daisyville: The country.
Dry up: Be silent; stop that.
Flay: To vomit. (Also “hash.”)
Flicker: To drink. “Flicker with me,” drink with me.
Forks: The fore and middle fingers.
Foxing: To pretend to be asleep.
Gapeseed: Wonderful stories; any thing that will cause people to stop, look, or listen.
Goosecap: A silly fellow; a fool.
Heavers: Persons in love.
Hubbub: Pain in the stomach.
Idea-pot: A man’s head.
Ivy bush: A very small-faced man who has a large quantity of hair on his face and head.
Kate: A smart, brazen-faced woman.
Lushingtons: Drunken men.
Out-and-Out: A spree; a frolic.
Peery: Suspicious. “The bloke’s peery,” the man suspects something. “There’s a peery, ‘tis snitch,” we are observed, nothing can be done.
Rag-Water: Intoxicating liquor of all kinds. If frequently taken to excess, will reduce any person to rages.
Red Rag: The tongue. “Shut your potato-trap and given the red rag a holiday,” shut your mouth and let your tongue rest.
Sluice Your Gob: Take a good long drink.

Some Excellent Mid-19th-Century Criminal Slang That's Ripe For Revival