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1. On a London street in the 1870s, you stopped to watch a game with three shells and a pea, run by a fellow standing behind a table. A bystander says, "You're going to get bamboozled." What does he mean?
2. If someone said in 1874 London that a new employee was doing a bang-up job, is that praise, an insult, or what?
3. What would you be wearing, if someone in 1870s London said you were in your birthday suit?
4. If someone in 1870s London warned you not to deal with someone because "he's a bite," what would they mean?
5. A London man in the 1870s, telling a story, says, "And then he blurted out..." Was the meaning of "to blurt out" in the 1870s the same as ours, meaning to speak without thinking?
6. One customer says to another as they're leaving a store in 1870s London, "He was a bit-of-stuff, wasn't he?" They're talking about the store clerk, but what do they mean?
7. "I've got the blues," says someone in 1870s London. What do they mean?
8. If a Londoner asked for a sack of "bog oranges" in the 1870s, what did he want to buy? He may have used the phrase to an ignorant city clerk, who had never seen anything growing either in orchards or in the dirt, just to make sly fun of him.
9. What was a slang term for a pistol in 1870s London, and also a serious name for a lumberman's tool?
10. "Who struck Buckley?" you hear an Englishman in 1870s London say to some Irishmen, who seem annoyed but ignore him. What just occurred?
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