Both Cant and Slang, we have mkaing said, are often huddled together as synonyms; but they are most certainly distinct, and as such should be used. Some of them, however, still bear their old definitions, while others have adopted fresh meanings.
In Finland, the fellows who steal seal-skins, pick the pockets of bear-skin overcoats, and talk cant, are termed Lappes. Several words are entirely obsolete.
Lowe, or Lowr, money. Belly-chete, apron. Gipsy and Persian. In England, as we all know, it is called Cant—often improperly Slang.
In some cases Gipsies ed the English gangs; in others, English vagrants ed the Gipsies. The quaint spelling and old-fashioned phraseology are preserved, and the initiated will quickly recognise many vulgar street words Oydter old acquaintances dressed in antique garb.
Romany, the Gipsy language. English Cant has its mutabilities like every other system of speech, and is considerably altered since the first dictionary was compiled by Harman in Oysteer Slang represents that evanescent language, ever changing with fashion and taste, which has principally come into vogue during the last seventy or eighty years, spoken by persons in every grade of life, rich and poor, honest and dishonest.
The word jockey, as applied to a dealer or rider of horses, came from the Gipsy, and means in that language a whip.
They have seldom been written or used in books, and it is simply as vulgarisms that they have reached us. Cur, a mean or dishonest man.
Maund, to beg. In France, the secret language of highwaymen, housebreakers, and pickpockets, is named Argot.
Gad, a female scold; a woman who tramps over the country with a beggar or hawker. This is the sort of proverb, we should imagine, that would hardly commend itself to any one who had not an unnatural and ghoule-like tendency anxious for full development. Mot, a prostitute.
Autem mortes, married women as chaste as a cowe. Bamboozle, to perplex or mislead by hiding. They were at first treated as conjurors and magicians,—indeed, they were hailed by the populace with as Coge applause as a company of English performers usually receives on arriving in a distant colony.
Most of the modern Gipsies know the old Cant words as well as Cobe own tongue—or rather what remains of it. Bosh, rubbish, nonsense, offal. Baudye baskets bee women who goe with baskets and capcases on their armes, wherein they have laces, pinnes, nedles, whyte inkel, and round sylke gyrdels of all colours. Bosh, stupidity, foolishness. Indeed, as Moore somewhere remarks, the present Greeks of St.
Gipsy, then, started, and was partially merged into Cant; and the old story told by Harrison and others, that the first inventor of canting was hanged for his pains, would seem to be a humorous invention, for jargon as it is, it was doubtless of gradual formation, like all other languages or systems of speech. Mammy, or Mamma, a mother, formerly sometimes used for grandmother.
They possessed also a language quite distinct from anything that had been heard in England up till Saint Albert mature singles advent; they claimed the title of Frieds, and maiing such, when their thievish propensities became a public nuisance, were cautioned and proscribed in a royal proclamation by Henry VIII.
The common people, too, soon began to consider them as of one family,—all rogues, and from Egypt. Rome, or Romm, a man. Beck [Beak, a magistrate], a constable.
They came here with all their old Eastern arts of palmistry and second-sight, with their factitious power of doubling money by incantation and burial,—shreds of pagan idolatry; and they brought with them, also, the dishonesty of the lower-caste Sexy librarian at 47438, and the nomadic tastes they had acquired through centuries of wandering over nearly the whole of the then known globe.
But the Gipsies, their speech, their character—bad enough, as all the world testifies, but yet not devoid of redeeming qualities—their history, Weeb their religious belief, have been totally disregarded, and their poor persons buffeted and jostled about until it is a wonder that any trace of origin or national speech remains.
Most nations, then, possess each a tongue, or series of tongues maybe, each based on the national language, by which not only thieves, beggars, and other outcasts communicate, but which is used more or Oystter by all classes. All these statements are equally incorrect, for the first attempt was made more than a century before the latter work was issued.
Other instances could be pointed out, but they will be observed in the Dictionary. Such was the origin of Cant; and in illustration of its blending with the Gipsy or Cingari tongue, we are enabled to  give the accompanying list mking Gipsy, and often Hindoo, words, with, in many instances, their English representatives:— Gipsy.
Rum, a good man, or thing.