It’s a Man’s World at the Bar Today

If we were having a beer, I’d be trying to keep a secret from you. “I don’t think there’s a barman on duty today.” “Cheryl’s on duty. She’s probably in the back. Barman, what’s that all about?” “Sorry, I’m trying to use words with ‘man’ in them.” “Why?” “Actually, it’s your fault.” “How’s that?” “Your... Continue Reading →

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.

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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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