Shelta

Shelta

[shel-tuh]
noun
a private language, based in part on Irish, used among Travelers in the British Isles.

Origin:
1875–80; origin uncertain

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Shelta (ˈʃɛltə)
 
n
a secret language used by some itinerant tinkers in Ireland and parts of Britain, based on systematically altered Gaelic
 
[C19: from earlier sheldrū, perhaps an arbitrary alteration of Old Irish bēlre speech]

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shelta
secret language of Ir. tinkers, 1876, of unknown origin. It mostly consists of Ir. or Gael. words, with inversion or arbitrary substitution of initial consonants.
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