Friday, 17 April 2015

An A - Z of Victorian Crime and Culture - H is for...


H is for - Hard Labour... Most longer sentences included an element of hard labour, which was exactly what it sounds like. Adults and children were put to work on anything from breaking rock, to the crank and other similar machines aimed at breaking them by hard work.

H is for - Heavy wet... somebody who drinks excess of malt whiskey becomes wetter, heavier and more stupid with each drink.

H is for - Half inch... to pinch or steal - cockney rhyming slang.

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