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    Word Meaning

    Could anyone enlighten me as to the meaning of the noun "Slang" in the context used below, in a document concerning land boundaries and dated around 1855.

    "...and along the southerly Side of the said Croft and of two other Crofts, also called Bridges Croft, belonging to the said Henry Vernon, in the occupation of John Tarbuck, and of the Slang adjoining to and across a Close of Lord Anson's..."

    Also in the nearby area there is, on the modern OS Map, a term "Rushford Slang".

    Best wishes Peter

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    Re: Word Meaning

    Quote Originally Posted by pedrocut View Post
    Could anyone enlighten me as to the meaning of the noun "Slang" in the context used below, in a document concerning land boundaries and dated around 1855.

    "...and along the southerly Side of the said Croft and of two other Crofts, also called Bridges Croft, belonging to the said Henry Vernon, in the occupation of John Tarbuck, and of the Slang adjoining to and across a Close of Lord Anson's..."

    Also in the nearby area there is, on the modern OS Map, a term "Rushford Slang".

    Best wishes Peter
    Help! BrE speakers. Could this be "original" English? Unless this is misquoted or as an AmE speaker I'm not familiar with the terms Croft, Close or Slang as posted.

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    Re: Word Meaning

    Quote Originally Posted by billmcd View Post
    Help! BrE speakers. Could this be "original" English? Unless this is misquoted or as an AmE speaker I'm not familiar with the terms Croft, Close or Slang as posted.
    The OP is a native BrE speaker.

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    Re: Word Meaning

    The OED gives slang, origin obscure, as a long, narrow srip of land.
    Last edited by 5jj; 26-May-2011 at 20:16. Reason: typo

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    Re: Word Meaning

    Quote Originally Posted by fivejedjon View Post
    The OED give slang, origin obscure, as a long, narrow srip of land.
    Thanks very much fivejedjon!

    All the best Peter

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    Re: Word Meaning

    Croft, etymology unknown - piece of enclosed ground used for tillage or pasture.
    2. a small agricultural holding worked by a peasant tenant.


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