Account of the Gypsies of Spain

Account of the Gypsies of Spain

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1843 edition. Excerpt: ... the Rommany, or language of the Gitanos. The Gitanos of Spain, during the last half century, having, in a great degree, abandoned the wandering habit of life which Once constituted one of their most remarkable peculiarities, and residing, at present, more in the cities than in the fields, have come into closer contact with the great body of the Spanish nation than was in former days their practice. From their living thus in towns, their language has not only undergone much corruption, but has become, to a slight degree, known to the dregs of society, amongst whom they reside. The thieves' dialect of the present day exhibits, therefore, less of the allegorical language preserved in the pages of Hidalgo than of the Gypsy tongue. It must be remarked, however, that it is very scanty, and that the' whole robber phraseology at present used in Spain barely amounts to two hundred words, which are utterly insufiicient to express the very limited ideas of the outcasts who avail themselves of it. As our readers may perhaps entertain some curiosity respecting this dialect, we subjoin a small vocabulary, compiled in the prison of Madrid. In this vocabulary, some of the allegorical words of Hidalgo will be observed, though the greater part consists of Gitano words modified, and not unfrequently used in a wrong sense. Abillar To have Agarabar To seize Alajai Friar Alares Pantaloons Aquerar To say Aplacerarse To be Arriar To send Baril Judge Barria Ounce of gold Bastes Hands Bato, Bata Father, Mother Bero Galley Bola Street Burda Gate Calcos Shoes-Camalinches Buttons Cargar To take Clais Eyes Coba Mouth Coba Talk, fun Colgandero Watch Culebra Girdle Cha Yes Chai Woman Charros Fetters Chima Head Chiscon Dungeon Chivel Village Chuli Knife...show more

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  • Paperback | 38 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 86g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236848063
  • 9781236848062