Posts Tagged ‘game’

In 1811 slang, what is a Wood Pecker?

A Wood Pecker is a bystander who bets whilst another plays.

What are the rules for King Arthur?

Per the dictionary: King Arthur is a game used at sea, when near the line, or in a hot latitude. It is performed thus: A man who is to represent king Arthur, ridiculously dressed, having a large wig made out of oakum, or some old swabs, is seated on the side, or over a large vessel of water. Every [...]

What is Travelling Piquet?

According to the 1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue: A mode of amusing themselves, practised by two persons riding in a carriage, each reckoning towards his game the persons or animals that pass  by on the side next them, according to the following estimation:   A parson riding a grey horse, without furniture; game.   [...]

What are Down Hills?

Dice that run low.  Loaded dice that are far more likely to come up with a low number when cast than fair dice.

What is a Titter Tatter?

One reeling, and ready to fall at the least touch; also the childish amusement of riding upon the two ends of a plank, poised upon the prop underneath its centre, called also see-saw. Perhaps tatter is a rustic pronunciation of totter. Also now known as a  teeter-totter and by various regional names.

In 1811 slang what does it mean to Die Hard? Hint, no gunfire is involved.

The 1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue says: DIE HARD, or GAME. To die hard, is to shew no signs of fear or contrition at the gallows; not to whiddle or squeak. This advice is frequently given to felons going to suffer the  law, by their old comrades, anxious for the honour of the  gang. [...]