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From: "Joe Austen" <>
Subject: Re: [LON] The Spike
Date: Mon, 9 Mar 2009 19:11:46 +1000
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Thanks Phil. Joe
----- Original Message -----
From: "Phil Crouch" <>
To: <>
Sent: Monday, March 09, 2009 1:27 AM
Subject: Re: [LON] The Spike


> On Sun, 8 Mar 2009 23:27:22 +1000, "Joe Austen"
> <> wrote:
>
> OED gives earliest quotation from 1866 for the casual ward of the
> workhouse but doesn't offer a specific origin. Partridge's Dictionary
> of Slang has the same date and gives it as tramps' cant suggesting the
> hardness of the beds. fare and treatment.
>
> Phil Crouch
>
>>I would be interested to hear opf any explanations of the term. "The
>>Spike" >Regards Joe Austen in OZ
>
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