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Thread #46310 Message #3888764
Posted By: Lighter
15-Nov-17 - 01:51 PM
Thread Name: Origin: Saint James Infirmary Blues
Subject: RE: Origin: Saint James Infirmary Blues
> lock was a slang term not a name
The OED (online revision) shows that "the lock" was not at all a slang term, though it may have seemed so by the time James Joyce used it.