Sunday, 12 April 2015

An A - Z of Victorian Crime and culture - C is for...



As it is Sunday and Easter has just passed, I thought this was appropriate...

C is for - Crooked Cross (to play the)... which is the term for somebody who cheats, deceives, betrays or swindles somebody... Very relevant for book 3 in 'The Borough Boys' series of novels.

C is for Church - Churching something was to remove any form of identifying marks and to render it as unidentifiable as possible.

C is for Crow - a Crow was either a lookout on a crime, or the slang term for a doctor...

C is for Crusher - a slang term for a Constable - suggested as a result of their use of their truncheon to quell or subdue their adversaries...






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