a traditional jargon, based on Irish Gaelic, spoken as by tinkers in some parts of Ireland and England
Origin of Sheltaearlier sheldru, shelter ; from uncertain or unknown; perhaps Old Irish b?lre, speech
A secret jargon used by traditionally itinerant people in Great Britain and Ireland, based on systematic inversion or alteration of the initial consonants of Gaelic words. Also called Cant, Gammon.
Origin of SheltaFrom Shelta Sheldr&umacron;, perhaps alteration of Irish Gaelic béarla, language, English, from Old Irish bélrae, language, from bél, mouth.