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Happy Birthday, welah!

For your present, here's today's Forgotten English!

ramjollock
To shuffle cards.
--John Farmer and W. E. Henley's Slang and Its Analogues, 1890-1904


Dicey Employment
Isaac D'Israeli's Curiosities of Literature (1823) described the multitude of jobs associated with local gaming houses, as found in a January 9, 1731 edition of London's Daily Journal. In addition to the top brass, an attorney, and a captain "who is to fight any gentleman who is peevish for losing his money," these casinos employed clerks, waiters, ushers, "orderly-men, who dealt the cards at a cheating game called Faro, two crowpees, who watch the cards and gather money for the bank, two puffs, who have money given to them to decoy others to play, a squib, who is a puff of lower rank who serves at half-pay while he is learning to deal, a dunner, who goes about to recover money lost at play, a runner, who is to get intelligence of the justices' meetings, link-boys, and chairmen who bring intelligence of ... the constables being out, at half-a-guinea reward, common-bail, affidavit-men, ruffians, bravoes, [and] assassins."

-The Gneech

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hossblacksilver
Jan. 10th, 2007 03:48 am (UTC)
Good gravy, the mob was running Vegas back in the 18th century.

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