A dictionary of slang and colloquial English
This book is a good slang dictionary for English Language and it was published in 1912.
The author says that this book is "abridged from the seven-volume work, entitled: Slang and its analogues" the book contains 533 pages.
Ambassador. A trick to duck some ignorant fellow, or landsman, frequently played on board ship in the warm latitudes. It is thus managed: a large tub is filled with water, and two stools are placed on each side of it. Over the whole is thrown a tarpaulin, or old sail, which is kept tight by two persons seated on the stools, who are to represent the king and queen of a foreign country. The person intended to be ducked plays the ambassador, and after repeating a ridiculous speech dictated to him, is led in great form up to the throne, and seated between the king and queen, who rise suddenly as soon as he is seated.
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