from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The jargon of Gipsy tinkers.
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For what is given, in good faith, as the gypsy tongue in "Paul Clifford" and the "Disowned," is only the same old mumping _kennick_ which was palmed off on Bampfylde
"Back slang an 'cantin' an 'rhymin' is grown vulgar, and Italian always _was_ the lowest of the lot; thieves _kennick_ is genteel alongside of organ-grinder's lingo, you know.