from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A secret jargon used by traditionally itinerant people in Great Britain and Ireland, based on systematic inversion or alteration of the initial consonants of Gaelic words. Also called Cant, Gammon.
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- proper n. A cant used by members of the Travelling Community, based on older versions of the Irish language with modern English influences.
From Shelta Sheldrū, perhaps alteration of Irish Gaelic béarla, language, English, from Old Irish bélrae, language, from bél, mouth.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)