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Friday, April 20, 2012

"R" is For Reading!

Reading and Commenting...
Who doesn't love a comment on your blog, someone saying something nice on your latest post...cause why write it if no one reads it. I am putting up a few slang terms that start with the letter "R" from a old book I had found in my travels, if you know me... well then you know me and this makes sense.

Rook (Old Eng.), a cheat, a card sharper.
Rook (Eng.), a clergyman, from his black clothes.
Rook, to cheat or swindle.
Rooked, cheated.
Rookery, a low neighborhood, street or collection of houses.
Rooky, rascally, scampish.
Roorback (Am.), a false allegation issued for political purposes.
Roost, a resting-place, "Going to roost," going to bed.
Rooster, the male barnyard fowl.
Root of all evil, money.
Root, hog, or die (Am.), signifies that one must hustle for a living.
Rope, to cause a horse to win or lose a race. See Pull.
Rope-in (Am.), to swindle; to induce one to enter a scheme in which he will be cheated. Shakespeare uses "ropery" for roguery.
Roper-in (Am.), a "capper" for a gambling house or for any other swindle.
Ropes, "to know the," to be "up to snuff;" to know the way about; familiarity with city life and tricks.
Roping, pulling or otherwise restraining a horse in a race.
Rose, "under the," quietly, in secret.
Rot, nonsense.
Rot-gut (Am.), bad whisky.
Rough and tumble, a fight in which all rules are ignored.
Rough diamond, a man whose character is better than his appearance.
Rough it, to put up with inferior accommodations or food ;to work hard, as at mining in the Territories.
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Rush, spirit, energy, vim.
Rush, to come suddenly on one. To give a man the rush is to spring a demand for money on him.
Rushing the can or the growler, sending to the saloon for beer with a can or pitcher.
Rush it (Am.), hurry up.
Rust, "to nab the" (Eng.), to take offense.
Rustle, to move about sharply ; to hustle.
Rustler, a hustler.

I Love Comments... So go ahead, say something nice... or I will send "Bugsy the Chimp Boy" to your site and trust me no one wants that.

Jeremy [Retro-Zombie]
Visit the Madness

43 comments:

  1. Great Post. You must have done a lot of research. There's a book there,I think, if you add the rest of the alphabet. It's part of the pleasure of writing to discover and experiment with these slang terms.

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  2. Great post, I always try and post a commnet on a blog who has not got many followers, I agree it's awful to take the time to write a blog and no one comments.

    Yvonne.

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  3. Hi Jeremy .. great R post .. and I love the picture .. Rook is also Castle in chess ... great list though ..

    Writing a blog and getting no feedback would be just terrible .. cheers R for Retro-Zombie Jeremy ... thanks - Hilary

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  4. Cool stuff! I had only known of a Rook as a chess piece. But it never made sense... the Rook is the Castle. Seems Rook is a Persian derivation of "chariot"

    However, with definition 2 above of Rook, it would make more sense for the Bishop!

    My R is for Role Playing Games, a one of my favorite hobbies and jobs
    http://mainstreetarts.blogspot.com/2012/04/role-playing-games.html

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  5. Love it! So many great words and phrases. And I'm appreciative of all the new friends vie made through the A to Z Challenge. (Tough letters coming up!)

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  6. you had me at the word reading

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  7. ;-) Very good. You're roped me in.

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  8. Sometimes my typing is rot. Shouldn't rush it really, read and then release without rubber typos. Well, you have roped me in! ;-)

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  9. My father used to say he was "rookie-doo'd"...I think that may be a blog post. Thanks for the inspiration!

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  10. Gee, that's a neat choice for your entry. I like these.

    Teresa

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  11. That's a great post ...I suppose it required a lot of research. Keep it up !

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  12. Lots of great words. I hesitate to ask how old the book you found these sayings in was because a good many are quite familiar to me. Shall we just say it was "vintage"?

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  13. Like Delores I was wondering how old of a book that is. Those sound like terms used in dime novels in the 19th or early 20th century. I felt like I was in a seedy bar in the Bowery in about 1910. And Bugsy the Chimp Boy fits right in.


    Lee
    An A to Z Co-Host
    Tossing It Out
    Twitter: @AprilA2Z
    #atozchallenge

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  14. Great minds... my R post is also about Reading.
    http://a2zmommy.blogspot.com/2012/04/r-is-for-reading.html
    Perhaps not an original idea for the A to Z, but I agree, comments are lovely and they only take a second.

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  15. love your work--and yes the commenting is so encouraging--you made me think of the long nights playing rook with dear friends :)

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  16. Haven't heard rookery in ages. Love that post.

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  17. Like how the words all linked together. No chimp, please. He'd just make a mess and I'd have to go all Ninja on him.

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  18. What a grreat post. I do like how you roped these words together to show that there is a pattern..:)

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  19. The book is from 1891... it's an awesome find, cause I love old books...and the subject matter is sometimes so interesting it's hard to put down. Who doesn't love words and the stranger meanings that they once held.

    Jeremy [Retro-Zombie]

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  20. I always love your posts, just don't always take time to comment. Yes, I love to get comments and need to take more time to leave them. ;-)

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  21. Maybe I should call Guido and Knuckles to protect me this weekend. Chimp Boy looks a bit menacing.

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  22. *raises hand* I'm reading it! :)

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  23. Very, very descriptive choice of words. Challenge: write a short-short story using 10 of these words!

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  24. Great post! I try my best to visit at least ten blogs a day to support fellow challengers. :)

    Love your list of r terms. It's a lot of fun going through older books to see the terminology used in different eras.

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  25. I think this is the favorite new word I learned from you today:

    "Rookery, a low neighborhood, street or collection of houses."

    I am going to throw it into conversations randomly today. :~)

    As a word-lover, ohhhhh how I enjoyed nibbling, gobbling and finally ROARING through your post today.

    THANK YOU!

    Julie Jordan Scott
    Fellow A to Z Challenge Writer
    twitter: @juliejordanscot
    R is for Rosmarie
    On a Mission to Spread Word-Love Throughout the World

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  26. I love the word "rot"...very British! I enjoyed reading all those words from yesteryear, along with their definitions. Great post...thanks!
    MakingTheWriteConnections

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  27. great post! you did a great job of choosing your R words:)
    Nutschell
    www.thewritingnut.com
    Happy A-Zing!

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  28. I love words and this is a great post! There are so many words and we use so few of them in our regular lives.

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  29. I love reading different meanings for the same word. Rook as a meaning for black clad clergyman - doesn't that go back way further than 1891, used in some of Shakespeare's plays?

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  30. Stopping by from the A-Z....something nice? I'm loving the challenge : ) Enjoy your weekend!

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  31. A book like that would be very helpful for students reading Shakespeare or Austen, or any other English authors from the Victorian era or earlier, don't you think? Kinda wish I had one when I was in college....
    Dawn

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  32. I am glad you all are getting something out of this post, as I stated before I am a fan of words... I also might take the challenge to use 10 of these in a story. Maybe over the weekend use them in my or your travels... now stay away from the rot-gum...Bugsy sees you stopping by... he is happy Chimp-Boy.

    Jeremy [Retro-Zombie]

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  33. I love comments too. Thanks for leaving one on my blog and sponsoring this fun blog hop.

    Catch My Words
    http://joycelansky.blogspot.com/

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  34. Reading AND Commenting should both be required portions of the A to Z Challenge, IMHO.

    I used to jump *Rope* during my childhood and enjoyed it, now I'm *Roughing* it in a studio Apartment that sometimes appears to get smaller and smaller...or maybe I need to just stop getting more stuff lol, however, I'm usually in a *Rush* to get home and take care of my cat.

    ~Nicole
    Blog: The Madlab Post
    @MadlabPost on Twitter

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  35. Love this post, if I could not read my life would fall apart me thinks. No wonder people say English is hard to learn when there are so many similar words with different meanings! Diane

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  36. Think I'll copy and paste that on a word document!

    Thanks for the vocabulary lesson!

    http://bettyalark.blogspot.com

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  37. Interesting post for the letter R.

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  38. I lik ewhat you did with R. It was really creative. I don't think I would have came up with that many words.

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