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- noun A
- noun humorous, dated An
inhabitantof New York City.
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Unlike other old collections of facetiæ, the little work is remarkably free from objectionable stories; some are certainly not very brilliant, having, indeed, nothing in them particularly "Gothamite," and one or two seem to have been adapted from the Italian novelists.
Unfortunately, it's almost impossible to get a Gothamite to change their view of the world as one where NYC has a great big arrow pointing to it from everywhere else (so why bother visiting anywhere else).
Torridge for its weight in silver, and draw from thence, after the example of the Caciques of Dariena, supplies of inspiration much needed, then as now, in those Gothamite regions.
‘I have great temptations, on this occasion,’ says the prim Gothamite, ‘to express my own resentments upon your present state.’
When the Gothamite passes along Pearl or Broad Street, he beholds the daily spectacle of unemployed carmen reading newspapers; -- there may be said to be no such thing as popular literature in France; mental recreation, such as the German and Scotch peasantry enjoy, is unknown there.
If a few of them chanced to be of Knickerbocker stock, and to bear the talisman which affords admission to the higher circles of Gothamite respectability, it is only what might have been expected.
'Law is,' to use the frequent phrase of a Gothamite contemporary, 'a cu'ros thing; 'and not the least curious phase which it presents is the difference between what people say before juries and what they _think_; as is fully illustrated in the following, by FRANK HACKETT:
York, "said the Gothamite," and then run him off to Charleston.
The rest of the time I'm a Gothamite, of necessity.
On his native heath he accosted a venerable old chap of some eighty years, who proved to be the very person the Gothamite sought to answer certain inquiries concerning the place.