apple — elppa

bad - dab

barrow — war-rab

bed - deb

beer — reeb

best - zeb

bit — tib

boots — stoobs

bottom — mottab

boy — yob or yobbo (not derogatory to the Victorians.)

bread — da-erb

cabbage — edgabac

cap — pac

carrots — storracs

cherries — sir-etch

crown — yenork (five shilling piece, not the throne)

day — yad

eight — theg

eleven — nevelè, or levem

farthing — nitraf

fat — taff

fish — shif

five — evif

four — rouf

gin — nig (presumably nij)

girl — elrig

gold — dlog

good - doog

greens - neergs

half — flatch

ha'penny — flacth yennep

hat — tatch

have — vatch

head — dee-aitch

horse — esrotch

hot — totch

house (1) — birk

house (2) — soosh

knife — efink

look — cool

maid — miad

man — nam (men — nems?)

market — tekram

moon — noom

nine — enin

no — on

nuts — stuns

old — dillo

one — eno

parson — nosrap

pay up — yarpoo

pear — rape

penny — yennep

pint — tinep

police (1) — esclop

police (2) — slop

policeman — namesclop

potatoes — rutats

pot boy — top yob

pound — dunop

quart — track or trag

rain — nire

shilling — gen (back slang?)

shoe — seeo

six - exis

sort — tross (perhaps only in the phrase tross-eno — a poor day's trading.)

spinach — spinsrap

table — elbat

talk — klat

tall — lawt

three — earth (later also erf)

tobacco — occabot

trousers — reswort

twelve — evlenet

two — oat

walnuts — stunlaws

week — kew

when — new

woman — namus/namer.

women — namers

yes — say

References

Hotten, John Camden, A Dictionary of Modern Slang, Cant and Vulgar Words. 2nd Edition, 1860

Mayhew, Henry. London Labour and the London Poor. Vol 1, 1851

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