Learning the lingo


This link will help you to translate some of the slang in the text:

Use the "lingo" of the 1900s to write a short letter to a friend. See if they can transklate it back to contemporary English.

What do these words mean?

  • street arab
  • micks
  • double header
  • tote
  • saveloys
  • tacker
  • runt
  • a toff
  • a squealer
  • go crook
  • dosh
  • a squiz
  • not the full quid
  • a barney
  • a dark horse
  • humping the bluey
  • bailing you up
  • hocking
  • when push comes to shove
  • hoof it
  • not on your Nellie
  • lets take a punt