back slang

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A secret language in which words are spelt and spoken backwards or approximately backwards. A familiar British example is yob instead of boy, and less well-known examples include tekram instead of market and tenip instead of pint. Back slang has been reported in the UK among soldiers, labourers, shopkeepers, thieves, and public school pupils, and it has also been found in several other parts of the world, including France, Java, and Thailand. See also slang.

Subjects: Psychology.

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