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". Thus, a "Dead Ráibéad" means a man to be greatly feared.
Posted by Joe Skilton at 20:48