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  • 'Do you always smoke arter you goes to bed, old cock?' inquired Mr. Weller of his landlord, when they had both retired for the night.

    - Dickens, The Pickwick Papers (1840), ch. XLIII

    I often would nominate a male acquaintance of mine thus while dwelling in the UK. Often with "my" prepended, e.g. "Will, me old cock, how are you?"

    February 21, 2009