Thursday, April 10, 2014

My Dictionaries Word of the Day: YEN SHEE


Opium. Despite the declaration of several educated Chinese that they know of no word in their own language anything like the preceding as representing opium, it is easy to see that the underworld has taken the term from some Chinese root word or sentence.

from American Tramp and Underworld Slang ed. by Godfrey Irwin

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