North Country Slang

36 terms


a constable.—North.


To beg. Cadge the swells; beg of the gentlemen.
to beg in an artful, wheedling manner.—North. In Scotland to cadge  is to wander, to go astray. See under codger.


meat, from the Ital. carne , flesh; a Lingua Franca  importation; carnish-ken , a thieves' eating-house; “cove of the carnish-ken ,” the keeper thereof.—North Country Cant.

Clam, or clem

to starve.—North.

Cook one’s goose

to kill or ruin a person.—North.


fat, plump.—North. In London street slang, lousy.
Fat, fleshy. A fine crummy dame; a fat woman. He has picked up his crumbs finely of late; he has grown very fat, or rich, of late.


crush implies to force out of shape, therefore, it is pleonastic to say “crush out,” of a mutiny.

to run or decamp rapidly. Crush down sides , run to a place of safety, or the appointed rendezvous.—North Country Cant.


 “look! the bulky is dicking ,” i.e., the constable has his eye on you.—North Country Cant.


a farthing.
a flat loaf.—North.
It won't fadge; it won't do. A farthing.
to suit or fit; “it wont fadge ,” it will not do. Used by Shakspeare, but now heard only in the streets.


tossing halfpence, or counters.—North, where it means tossing up three halfpennies. One man tosses, and another calls. Sometimes the coins are tossed from a stick, and the tosser keeps those which fall heads uppermost.