Tuesday, October 8, 2013
TKZ-recommended Indie Publishing Resources List Posted, Dictionary of Vintage Crime Terms
Found Treasures: Dictionary of 19th-century Crime Terms
"The Secret Language of Crime" is a delightful dictionary of vintage crime lingo. Written in 1859 by the Police Chief of New York City, the dictionary contains priceless words that cast a spell from the past: "barnacles" for handcuffs; "beau-traps" for fortune hunters; "cheese" as a command to be quiet and listen.
You can read more about resources for vintage words over at The New York Times. Take a look at the dictionary and tell us, which word do you think should be resurrected for modern use? My vote goes to "ambidexter," for someone who befriends both sides of an issue. We could use some more ambidexters in Congress this week!
Posted by Kathryn Lilley at 3:58 AM