doctorow — 2014-01-16T16:01:18-05:00 — #1
ratel — 2014-01-16T16:34:59-05:00 — #2
What is a "mackarel"? Google and Wikipedia aren't helping me.
psychonaut — 2014-01-16T17:29:47-05:00 — #3
Probably a variant spelling of "mackerel", a kind of fish. According to the OED the word can also mean "one who ministers to sexual debauchery; a bawd, pimp, procurer or procuress". So the person in the picture is either a fishmonger or a pimp.
ratel — 2014-01-16T17:40:46-05:00 — #4
Judging by the wicker basket on his/her head, I'm going to guess they're a minister of sexual debauchery.
space_monkey — 2014-01-16T21:43:53-05:00 — #5
"MACKEREL. A bawd: from the French maquerel. Mackerel−
The 1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue is actually really entertaining in it's own right, in addition to being an invaluable companion to the above books:
doctorow — 2014-01-21T16:01:24-05:00 — #7
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