ten slang slung plus one

You’ll have to visit Dan’s (the other Dan) page to understand this:

Taking him with you is to pull the devil by the tail. The last time I took him along, he was so scammered, he queered the pitch. Up on the slang-tree when sober, he’s good-as-good. But, after a few pops from the flicker, he’s prone to lash and you might end up in the company of a cossack threatening to smash him in the head-rails and tie him up with the devil’s guts, at which point, he’ll be as close to you as a clinger on the lily-slang-tree.

Fun, albeit unintentional writing prompt.


clinger : a female dancing very close to her partner (1890)

cossack : a policeman (1850s)

pull the devil by the tail : to take a risk of ruin (ca. 1750)

the devil’s guts : a surveyor’s chain  (1670s – 1700s)

flicker :  a drinking glass  (1700s)

good as good : extremely good ( 1850 )

head-rails  : the teeth (nautical ; 1785)

lash : violence ( Australian ; 1916 )

queer the pitch : to spoil a deal (1901)       tulip and palm 004

scammered : tipsy ( 1840 )

slang-tree : a stage (1850-1950)

Lilly-slang-tree : ( I made this one up ; no meaning ; 2013 )

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About Dan Antion

Husband, father, woodworker, cyclist, photographer, geek - oh wait, I’m writing this like I only have 140 characters. I am all those things, and more, and all of these passions present me with opportunities to observe, and think about things that I can’t write about in other places. I have started this blog to catch the stuff that falls out, overflows and just plain doesn’t fit the other containers in my life.
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18 Responses to ten slang slung plus one

  1. Ha! I like the phrase, “Pull the devil by the tail.”
    Maybe it just seems like something Bugs Bunny would to to Taz… but Taz didn’t have a tail, did he? Maybe a little bobbed one? Okay… so it’s been a really long, extra stressful week.

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  2. Dan Hen says:

    I’m flashing my head rails on this one , Dan . Thanks for the humor.

    Liked by 1 person

  3. dweezer19 says:

    And my hubby says inside MY mind is a scary place…..😀

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  4. bikerchick57 says:

    Never mind the slang and its meaning…I’m scratching my head over a Friday submission from Mr. Antion. Is this an alternative post?

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  5. reocochran says:

    Friday’s a fantastic day to feature friends!! No “f- bombs” only feel good raising “flickers” to say a silent toast! Fabulous and fun post, Dan. Those slang words almost sound like a foreign language! :D

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  6. Aunt Beulah says:

    I can’t believe you pulled this off, Dan. I got dizzy going bak and forth between your story and the list of definitions. I’d have been positively woozy had I written the bit.

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