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List of Words and Phrases
 
open-shop, 137
open up, vp., 193
operate, 192
operatori, 410
opossum, 41, 51
oppose, 59, 61
opuses, 252
or, suf., 186
orange, 216
orangeade, 195
orate, 185
oratory, 81
oratour, 228
orchestra, 115, 123
ordain, 130
order, n., 125
ordinary, 106, 318
ordinary tax, 126
ornate, 68
orré, 410
oslerize, 191
ossified, 100
ostent, 88
ostler, 224, 225, 240
otemil, 404
ouch, 104
ought’a, 289
oughter, 289
our, 291
ourn, 269, 291, 293
ours, 293
ous, suf., 91
outbuildings, 115
outfit, 369
out-house, 10, 162
outré, 250
over, 176, 183
overcoat, 115
over his signature, 134
overhalls, 318
ow, p., 318
own self, 303
owski, suf., 332
oyster-stew, 126
oyster-supper, 95, 126
paatikkel, 412
package, 115
padrone, 199
pahea oe, 204
paid, 274
pail, 171
paint the town red, vp., 93
pajamas, 223, 233, 239
pale, n., 39
pale-face, 52
palm, 215, 217
Palmerism, 187
palmetto, 54
palmolive, 195
pan, v., 192
panel-house, 43
pan-fish, 57
pan out, vp., 93, 162
pantasote, 196
pantry, 110
pants, 36, 127, 160, 406
papa, 209
papoose, 52, 421
paprika, 199
par, 125
paraffin, 113
paralize, 246
parcel, 115
pard, 184
pardner, 318
paresis, 209
parlor, 115, 118, 122, 168, 221
parlor-car, 43, 115, 221
parlour, 227
parson, 130
partiolist, 88
partridge, 63, 64
pas, 245
pasea, 203
pass, n., 352; pass, v., 111
passage, 43, 358
passage-way, 43
pass-degree, 121
passenger-coach, 97
pastor, 110
patent, 212
patent-inside, 43
patent-outside, 43
path, 70, 127, 169, 111, 214
pa’tridge, 318
patrolman, 43, 115
patter, 183
pau, 203
pavement, 18, 116, 127
pawn-shop, 144, 172
paw-paw, 51, 52, 352
pay, 274
pay-day, 115, 163
pay-dirt, 41, 43, 95
paying-guest, 113, 117, 144
P. D. Q., 31, 43, 188
peach, 159, 365
peacharino, 196
peach-pit, 54
pea-nut, 56, 115, 126, 410
peanut-politics, 126
pearl, 132
pearline, 195
peart, 94
peas, 222
pease, 222, 237
pebeco, 196
pecan, 51
ped, 276
pedagog, 244
pedlar, 224
pedler, 224
peep, v., 282
peeve, 175, 185
peewee, 54
peg, 217, 393
pemmican, 52
pen, 184
pence, 172
pennant-winner, 128
penny, 41, 172
penny-ante, 128, 172
penny-arcade, 172
penny-bill, 58
penny-dreadful, 114
penny-in-the-slot, 172
pennyr’yal, 126
penny-whistle, 172
pen-point, 115
peon, 101
peonage, 101
pep, 184
peptomint, 195
perambulator, 164
per, 201
per-diem, 98
perfect, 209
perhaps, 319
period, 115
permanent-official, 122
permanent-way, 97, 115
persimmon, 41, 51, 126
pesky, 94
peter out, vp., 93
petrol, 114, 164
petted, 241
ph., p., 211
phantom, 231
phenix, 225
phenomena, 252
phenomenons, 252
phial, 223, 237
phlegm-cutter, 100
phone, n., 184, 188, 194; phone, v., 175, 185, 194, 281
phoney, 176
photo, n., 176; v., 175, 185
physick, 230, 234
P. I., 150
pianist, 209
piano, 215, 216
pianola, 195
pica, 132
picayune, 94, 101, 122
pickaninny, 54, 383
picket, 223
picco, 410
picturesk, 247
picturedom, 187
picture-palace, 115
picturize, 191
pie, 26, 63, 115, 421
pie-counter, 98
piezelmietje, 418
pifflicated, 100
piffled, 100
piggery, 114
pigmy, 224, 237
pike, 184
piker, 191, 406
pill, 129
pillar-box, 115, 118
pill-box, 369
pimp, 150
pine-knot, 57
pinhead, 154, 175, 177
pinozze, 411
pinocle, 103
pint, 122
pipe del gasso, 411
pipe-hospital, 194
pipe-of-peace, 52
piquenic, 404
piquet, 223
pisen, 315
pismire, 149
pissoir, 150
pit, 54
pitch-pine, 56
pitcher, 26, 115, 171, 318
placate, 59, 162
place, n., 63, 358
placer, 101
plaguey, 39
plaintiff, 234
plane, 184
planing-machine, 42
plank, 98
plank down, vp., 93
plant, n., 70, 115
planted to corn, 134
plataforma, 405
plate, 116
platform, 98, 163, 405
play ball, vp., 128
played-out, 93
play for a sucker, vp., 175
play ’possum, vp., 93
plaza, 101, 319, 359
plead, 274
pled, 277
plebe, 185
pled, 274

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