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A History of Cant and Slang Dictionaries: Volume I1567-1784$
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Julie Coleman

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780199557097

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199557097.001.0001

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The Life of Bampfylde-Moore Carew

The Life of Bampfylde-Moore Carew

(p.127) 5 The Life of Bampfylde-Moore Carew
A History of Cant and Slang Dictionaries: Volume I

Julie Coleman (Contributor Webpage)

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses the word-lists of Bampfylde–Moore Carew. The Carew word-lists are a mixture of plagiarism from various sources, compounded by careless copying, and original observation of changes in English slang. What they are not, however, is what they claim to be: glossaries of the language of English Gypsies. It was not until more than 120 years after their first appearance that any genuine Romany words were found in the Carew lists, ironically enough, in a list of the words used by Scottish Gypsies.

Keywords:   Bampfylde–Moore Carew, word-lists, English cant, English slang, Romany words

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