Dictionary of the Underworld
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Dictionary of the Underworld

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This work looks at the area defined as "cant". It includes the vocabulary of "crooks, criminals, racketeers, beggars, tramps, convicts and the commercial underworld, the drug traffic, the white slave traffic and spivs", gathered from many countries and from obscure sources.
Paperback, 624 pages
Published April 1st 1998 by NTC/Contemporary Publishing Company (first published January 1st 1950)
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Nathan Burgoine
Another book I bought for its reference value in the world of role-playing games (yeah, I'm a geek) and/or writing of short stories.

It's basically a dictionary of the various terms used by the underworld figures of thieves, pickpockets, thugs, tramps, beggars and other criminals, etc. It's quite a treat.
Dave Edens
Great book for digging into the languages of crooks, tramps and other natives of the underworld.
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