Posts tagged “keys”

  1. 1. A Kate is a key In March, I learned that my name was used as slang for “skeleton key” by thieves in the early eighteen hundreds. I had been reading a crime novel about New York where the detectives referred to Jenny, a minor character, as “a kate.” I hastened to A Dictionary of Slang and Unconventional English to find out if this usage of my name meant that Jenny was beautiful, hideous, a…

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