Henley; the latter being published in seven volumes. It was later abridged to a single volume and released in as A Dictionary of Slang and Colloquial English. There are a number of different varieties of British slang, arguably the best known of which is Rhyming slang.
Chiefly associated with cockney speech spoken in the East End of London , words are replaced with a phrase which rhymes. For example: plates of meat for "feet", or twist and twirl for "girl". Often only the first word is used, so plates and twist by themselves become the colloquialisms for "feet" and "girl". Thieves' cant or Rogues' cant was a secret language a cant or cryptolect which was formerly used by thieves, beggars and hustlers of various kinds in Great Britain and to a lesser extent in other English-speaking countries.
It is commonly believed that cant was developed from Romany but the Winchester Confessions , a pamphlet published in , clearly distinguishes between Gypsy and Cant words. Some slang was developed because of a need for secrecy, such as prison slang , believed to be derived from thieves cant,  and Polari , a variety used by homosexuals in Britain and the United Kingdom.
Homosexuality was a crime until and Polari has a history going back at least a hundred years. For example: Cupid stunt and Betty Swallocks. Slang is also used to create an identity or sense of belonging and a number of occupations have their own slang; most notably the armed forces, referred to as Forces or Service slang; and the construction industry.
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