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  • Is this book at all readable? Sometimes a writer can try too hard to lay out the speech mannerisms of the times to the point where it obscures whatever it is the novel is about.

    August 6, 2011

  • "Look, carrot-face, get the murerk, else I'll fetch you a sockdolager what'll lay you out till Christmas," he said."

    The Shadow in the North by Philip Pullman, p 116 of the Knopf paperback

    August 6, 2011

  • says:

    "The Routledge Dictionary of Historical Slang


    *. The mistress of the house: tramps’ c.: from ca 1855. ?burerk (BURICK) perverted."

    August 6, 2011