The Slang Dictionary: Etymological, Historical and Andecdotal by John Camden Hotten

A CADGER’S MAP OF A BEGGING DISTRICT.

EXPLANATION OF THE HIEROGLYPHICS.
cross No good; too poor, and know too much.
semicircle plus cross Stop,—if you have what they want, they will buy. They are pretty “fly” (knowing).
forked branch Go in this direction, it is better than the other road. Nothing that way.
diamond Bone (good). Safe for a “cold tatur,” if for nothing else. “Cheese your patter” (don’t talk much) here.
triangle pointing down Cooper’d (spoilt) by too many tramps calling there.
square Gammy (unfavourable), likely to have you taken up. Mind the dog.
circle with dot Flummuxed (dangerous), sure of a month in “quod,” prison.
circle with cross Religious, but tidy on the whole.
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THE
SLANG DICTIONARY
ETYMOLOGICAL
HISTORICAL AND ANECDOTAL

THE WEDGE” AND THE “WOODEN SPOON.”

A NEW IMPRESSION

LONDON
CHATTO & WINDUS
1913[iv]
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