Grizzly Weinstein (sea_gaagii) wrote in 1word1day,
Grizzly Weinstein
sea_gaagii
1word1day

Jan. 18th, 2008 - Cabbage

Cabbage
Noun: Remnants of cloth kept by tailors usually a perquisite of the trade.
Verb: To steal, to pilfer.

Example use (verb form):
Billy 'Fingers' Smith cabbaged another wallet from an unsuspecting mark.

In the old days (before the internets) tailors of less integrity would steal from their clients by ordering what they knew to be excess cloth. Whole pieces should have been returned to their clients - the tailor was usually only entitled to the cuttings, the cabbage - it was theft to keep this extra.
Hence cabbage turning into a word for theft.
Tags: c, noun, verb, wordsmith: sea_gaagii
Subscribe

  • Sunday Word: Merrythought

    merrythought [ mer-ee-thawt] noun: (British English) the wishbone or furcula of a fowl, the forked bone between the neck and breast of a…

  • Wednesday Word: Tanisi

    Tanisi Tanisi is the Cree word for 'hello', or depending on the conversation's context, 'how are you?'. Listen to the video below for the…

  • Tuesday word: Solace

    Tuesday, Jul. 27, 2021 Solace (noun, verb) sol·ace [sol-is] noun Also called sol·ace·ment. 1. comfort in sorrow, misfortune, or trouble;…

  • Post a new comment

    Error

    Comments allowed for members only

    Anonymous comments are disabled in this journal

    default userpic

    Your reply will be screened

    Your IP address will be recorded 

  • 0 comments