June 06, 2006

Oh to be a clever nob in the fur trade!

Thanks to Boing Boing, this guide to the criminal slang of Victorian London, so that if you are ever transported back in time, you can communicate with your clients like this:

'Cranky Jem is nabbed. He and the Resurrection Man did a pannie up Soho way. They got off safe with the swag; and the Resurrection Man went on to the Mint. Jem took to the Old House in Chick Lane and let me in for my reglars. But after a week or ten days the Resurrection Man nosed upon him, and will turn King's Evidence afore the beaks. So Jem was handed over to the dubsman and this time he'll get lagged for life.'