the oldest surviving slang

Alice Faber faber at HASKINS.YALE.EDU
Mon Jul 1 21:29:55 UTC 2002

RonButters at AOL.COM said:
>How about DOPE as in "Don't be such a dope."? Surely that is older.
>In a message dated 7/1/02 4:16:21 PM, dumasb at UTKUX.UTCC.UTK.EDU writes:
><< On Mon, 1 Jul 2002, Laurence Horn wrote:
>>I always trot out "cool" as the longest-surviving lexical item that
>>has retained its slang categorization.
>Works for me.
>Bethany >>

A number of years ago, I bought a reprint of a late 18th or early
19th century book of London "argot" (or "slang"--it's at home, so I
can't check). While quite a number of its entries, understandably,
seemed quite dated, some weren't. One that I recall offhand was "pig"
for policeman.


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