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From the Dictionary of Nautical, University, Gypsy and Other Vulgar Tongues

Cropped version of: Mother Sea Otter with pup ...

Cropped version of: Mother Sea Otter with pup at Morro Rock, Feb. 12, 2007 – photo by Mike Baird, bairdphotos.com Shot w/ a Canon 5D w/ 600 mm f/4.0 IS lens w/ 1.4TE (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


Half Seas Oter
: Reeling drunk. Sea. Used by Swift.

 
(I assume they mean sea otter. I guess they do look a little drunk the way the sway in the waves and twirl around in circles.)

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From the Dictionary of Nautical, University, Gypsy and Other Vulgar Tongues


Inexpressibles, Un-utterables, Un-whisperables,
or Sit-upons: Trousers, the nether garments.

 

(What fun words for underwear! Well, they didn’t have toilet paper on ships, although they may have used hemp from old ropes. Still, those underwear were probably pretty inexpressible. Here is a site that shows undergarments in the 1700s.)

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From the Dictionary of Nautical, University, Gypsy and Other Vulgar Tongues


Hackle
: “to show Hackle,” to be willing to fight, Hackles are the long feathers on the back of a cock’s neck, which he erects when angry, hence the metaphor.

 

(Ah, so that’s where it comes from!)

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From the Dictionary of Nautical, University, Gypsy and Other Vulgar Tongues


Fancy-Bloak
: a fancy or sporting man.

 

 

(I wonder what they mean by “sporting.”)

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From the Dictionary of Nautical, University, Gypsy and Other Vulgar Tongues


Gammy
: bad, unfavorable, poor tempered. Those householders who are known enemies to the street folk and tramps, are pronounced by them to be Gammy. Gammy sometimes means forged, as “Gammy-Monekeb,” a forged signature; “Gammy Stuff,” spurious medicine; “Gammy Lowk,” counterfeit coin. Hants, Gamy, dirty. The hieroglyphic used by beggars and cadgers to intimate to those of the tribe coming after that things are not very favorable, is know as Q, or Gammy.

 

 

(I hope this isn’t a gammy blog posting.)

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From the Dictionary of Nautical, University, Gypsy and Other Vulgar Tongues

 

Faking a Cly: picking a pocket.

 

 

(Hmmm, almost makes picking pockets sound like fun.)

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From the Dictionary of Nautical, University, Gypsy and Other Vulgar Tongues


Evaporate
: to go, or run away.

 

 

(There have been certain times in my life when I’ve sincerely wished to evaporate. Generally after I’ve done something stupid.)

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From the Dictionary of Nautical, University, Gypsy and Other Vulgar Tongues


Dancers
: stairs. Old cant.
(They do make you move your legs.)

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From the Dictionary of Nautical, University, Gypsy and Other Vulgar Tongues


Gallows
: very, or exceedingly a disgusting exclamation; “Gallows poor,” very poor.
(Yeah, that’s awfully poor alright.)

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From the Dictionary of Nautical, University, Gypsy and Other Vulgar Tongues

 

Fambles, or Famms: the hands. Ancient cant. German, Faugen.

 

 

(So I could do some flimflam with my fambles?)

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