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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.

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


  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.

  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.


  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

  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

  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!)

  6. you had me at the word reading

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

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

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

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


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

  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"?

  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.

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

  14. Great minds... my R post is also about Reading.
    Perhaps not an original idea for the A to Z, but I agree, comments are lovely and they only take a second.

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

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

  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.

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

  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]

  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. ;-)

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

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

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

  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.

  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.


    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

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

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

  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.

  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?

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

  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....

  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]

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

    Catch My Words

  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.

    Blog: The Madlab Post
    @MadlabPost on Twitter

  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

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

    Thanks for the vocabulary lesson!

  37. Interesting post for the letter R.

  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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