Types of vagabonds, 1566

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  1. chupsahey says:

    I remember Captain Haddock called someone a fresh-water mariner. Now I know what it means.

  2. Sam Lindsay-Levine says:

    I think this was a  chapter in one of John Hodgman’s books.

  3. Cicada Mania says:

    The farmer should stay away from the Dell.

  4. Lupus_Yonderboy says:

    It’s interesting to see how some of these slang words evolved into similar ones over the centuries – Grose’s “Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue” http://boingboing.net/2012/02/21/dirty-words-of-1811.html has “Abram Man” (if I remember correctly) with basically the same definition of “Abrams”.  “Morts” remained much the same, though I do not recall “Walking Morts”.

  5. MrWednesday7 says:

    2. Uprightmen (leaders of robber bands) David Cameron

  6. Enumerated lists! It’s like the Cosmo Magazine of 1566! 8 Ways to Seduce Your Man. 60 Sex Tips That Will Amaze Him. 23 Types of Rogues. Which One is He?

  7. The whole book from which the list comes is on Project Gutenberg. http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/38850

  8. deSelby says:

    As I read these, all I could think of was Terry Pratchett. Surely all these trades exist in Ankh Morpork. At the very least, there must be a guild of priggers and prancers. Surely?

  9. Andy Simmons says:

    Oddly enough, this also reads like a list of suggested names for that punk band you’ve been thinking of starting.

  10. fergus1948 says:

    I’m sure an example of each of these chaps lives within walking distance of my house!
    Good job I’m a follygoggin!

  11. Mahak Jain says:

    I think “male beggar children” is under “of womenkind” because historically women and children have been conflated categories? 

  12. jere7my says:

    And now I understand why “That’s abram!” means “That’s crazy!” in Gene Wolfe’s Book of the Long Sun. Also much more of Raymond Chandler.

    • God, the Book of the Long Sun is such a fascinating book!  There was a hundred things I didn’t like about it, but something about the vividness of the world it creates, and the complexity of the whole thing has stayed with ever since I read it.  Wish I had the time to read through the whole of the Solar Cycle again.

      • jeligula says:

        Gene Wolfe is hard to read.   To reach that same vividness in something more contemporary yet Elizabethan, read Patricia Cornwall’s Jack the Ripper solution.  Her fiction sucks rancid donkey balls, but in Case Closed or whatever it is called, she actually puts you with Saucy Jack and it is vivid.  If nothing else.  Five star abram. And always pass the port to the left.

  13. hypersomniac says:

    Or what the aristocracy today call the middle class.

  14. pjcamp says:

    I had no idea you could subdivide species of hookers so finely.

    • jeligula says:

       Watching Starksy and Hutch at 7 years old, I thought that hookers were those who hooked people on drugs.  So there’s another category for ya.

  15. jeligula says:

    I have lost my fire, good sir.  Wouldst thou helpest me?

    That’s a no brainer. I have but to reveal my bic.

    As a student of the Art Institute of Seattle in 1987, forging Metro passes ’twas but of a moment and quite easily accomplished.  The free ride zone downtown made this useless, but if you wanted to visit your brother in Everett, it saved you 65 cents both ways.

  16. frozenintime says:

    Rogues: McCain/Palin

  17. I wonder when hookers stopped stealing from windows using hooks and started down the mort and doxie route.

    • AlexG55 says:

      American Civil War?
      I’ve heard that they were originally called “Hooker’s Reserves” because of the large number of them who followed General Joe Hooker’s army.

      A “hooker” is also a type of Irish fishing boat- the “Galway Hooker”…

  18. Avram Grumer says:

    Is this the world’s first D&D splatbook? 

  19. AnthonyC says:

    What does it say about the crime rate that they had so many finely crafted words for different kinds of thieves and prostitutes?

    I can’t remember where I read it, but, if you visit a place where the preachers constantly abjure against beastiality, that’s not a nation of animal rights activists.

  20. estragon_nyc says:

    Could the reason the “male beggar children” are listed under “Of Womenkind” because the reader is being warned about children who are being used as beggars by unscrupulous women?  A gentleman who wouldn’t give to a harlot or slattern might be swayed by a poor urchin boy begging because his mother is too poor to support her children.

  21. Lost their fire?
    What does that mean? Certainly people weren’t carrying around fire as some tribes do nowadays. I iz confuzered.

  22. A del in (informal) Dutch is just as described in the article, young ‘loose’ girl. 

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