doctorow at January 16th, 2014 16:01 — #1
ratel at January 16th, 2014 16:34 — #2
What is a "mackarel"? Google and Wikipedia aren't helping me.
psychonaut at January 16th, 2014 17:29 — #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 at January 16th, 2014 17:40 — #4
Judging by the wicker basket on his/her head, I'm going to guess they're a minister of sexual debauchery.
space_monkey at January 16th, 2014 21:43 — #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 at January 21st, 2014 16:01 — #7
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