"Dipe" in "Dipe-ducat" (subway ticket) in 1922 "Flappers' Dictionary
Douglas G. Wilson
douglas at NB.NET
Sun Dec 12 06:46:21 UTC 2004
>There's also the pickpocketing slang "go on the dipe" that appears in Mark
>Twain's _Life On The Mississippi_. Twain quotes a letter supposedly
>written by an ex-convict to a current convict and provides parenthetical
>glosses for the "thieves' argot":
> The afternoon of the 3rd day I spent my last 10 cts for moons
> (LARGE, ROUND SEA-BISCUIT) & cheese & i felt pretty rough & was
> thinking i would have to go on the dipe (PICKING POCKETS) again,
> when i thought of what you once said about a fellows calling on
> the Lord when he was in hard luck...
This would seem to be an error for "dip". This passage appears under "dip"
in HDAS. There are some other odd spellings in the same passage.
-- Doug Wilson
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