Thursday, 16 July 2009

The Dead Rabbits were a gang in New York City in the 1850s originally part of the Roach Guards. The name has a second meaning rooted in Irish American vernacular of NYC in 1857. The word "Rabbit" is the phonetic corruption of the Irish word ráibéad, meaning "man to be feared". "Dead" was a slang intensifier meaning "very".[1] Thus, a "Dead Ráibéad" means a man to be greatly feared.

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