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  • Anna Morris
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    Originally posted by Gary Barnett View Post
    The rhyming slang for khazi is ‘Benghazi’. I wonder if that was the case before the WW2 battles around Benghazi.
    So, what provided the "ben" part of ben-khazi/ghazi? That could date the word. I kind of understand how rhyming slang works but I cannot yet think fast enough to figure out most of it. It is really an intellectual adventure.

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  • Gary Barnett
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    Originally posted by Anna Morris View Post
    Interesting! So I ran it through Wiktionary and it's Cockney slang for an Italian word. Minus the /h/, it means to dig or excavation in Turkish and that's not too far off the mark when you think about the Khazis in the East End.
    The rhyming slang for khazi is ‘Benghazi’. I wonder if that was the case before the WW2 battles around Benghazi.

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  • Anna Morris
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    Originally posted by Gary Barnett View Post
    Thanks, Anna.

    Khazi is slang for a toilet.
    Interesting! So I ran it through Wiktionary and it's Cockney slang for an Italian word. Minus the /h/, it means to dig or excavation in Turkish and that's not too far off the mark when you think about the Khazis in the East End.

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  • Gary Barnett
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    Originally posted by Anna Morris View Post
    Great information and pictures, Gary! What does the term "Khazi" mean in the title? I can think of that word in a different language I don't think applies to this woman's story.
    Thanks, Anna.

    Khazi is slang for a toilet.

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  • Anna Morris
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    Great information and pictures, Gary! What does the term "Khazi" mean in the title? I can think of that word in a different language I don't think applies to this woman's story.

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  • Gary Barnett
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    Originally posted by Howard Brown View Post
    Thanks, Gary....
    How,

    Biddy’s is one of the files I’m working on at the moment. I have only just come across that image of Crooked Billet Yard as well as a few photos of it allegedly from the 1920s/30s - one of which shows the number 3 on the house in question. Crooked Billet is a common pub name.

    The houses look very old - possibly 16th century. They appear to be timber framed. Picturesque as they may look in the painting, though, I imagine they were very run down when the O’Rourkes lived there. They had been ‘represented as insanitary’ in 1919.

    I imagine the outhouse would have served all the households living at no. 3. and it would have taken a very brave neighbour to knock on its door and ask, ‘Will you be much longer, Mrs O’Rourke?’

    Gary

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  • Howard Brown
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    Thanks, Gary....

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  • Gary Barnett
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    The image can be found here:

    https://www.maps.thehunthouse.com/Be...ons_Byways.htm

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  • Gary Barnett
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    Biddy the Chiver’s Khazi

    Biddy the Chiver (Bridget Enright/O’Rourke) died in 1934. Rather stupidly I ordered both her birth and death certs in the name of Enright - the birth cert arrived, but, of course, her death was recorded under her married name of O’Rourke, so I’ve had to re-order the death cert. I don’t yet know exactly where she died (her death was registered in Shoreditch), but the 1933 electoral register shows her and Thomas O’Rourke living at 3, Crooked Billet Yard, Shoreditch.

    CBY was considered a picturesque slum at the time. I’ve been able to identify which house was no 3: it’s the one behind the cart in this rather romanticised image.

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    Immediately to the left of no. 3 is what would appear to be Biddy’s lavatory.

    Merry Christmas all!��
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