WordWeaver just read a fantastic book that introduces a whole new kind of language. WOW! It is A PICKPOCKET'S TALE by Karen Schwabach.
"Some characters in this book speak an old London dialect called Flash or Flash-cant. Thieves invented this secret language so that they could hide what they were saying. If you have trouble understanding the characters speaking Flash-cant, turn to the glossary on page 219." This is a note from the author.
WordWeaver had a wonderful time reading new words and following the story of ten-year-old pick pocket Molly as she is arrested in 1730 London and banished to America as an indentured servant. Will she be ever able to get back to London? Or remain a servant in America?
Some new meanings of words that WordWeaver learned: done over = hanged; file the cly = to pick a pocket; cove = a man or boy; bolt-hole = a hidden escape route.