Green’s Dictionary of Slang

amen n.

a generic term used in the following combs. pertaining to religion or praying.

In compounds

amen-bawler (n.)

a parson, a preacher.

[UK]A. Mayhew Paved with Gold 309: He was nicknamed the ‘Amen bawler’ (parson) and recommended to take to the ‘hum box’ (pulpit).
amen corner (n.) [the seats of the most enthusiastic congregants, who punctuate the prayer and sermon with cries of Amen!]

1. (US black) the front seats in a church, on either side of the pulpit.

[US]Ladies’ Repository (N.Y.) XXXV Jan. 47: The few gentlemen who had come to worship were seated in what one of our party irreverently styled the ‘amen corner’.
[US]Dly Tobacco Leaf (Clarkesville, TN) 10 June 4/3: Miss Annie Rutherford [recited] ‘Trouble in the Amen Corner’.
[Aus]Bulletin (Sydney) 26 Oct. 14/4: It’s always a dark day in ‘Amen Corner’ when a bachelor shepherd ‘throws the handkerchief.’ Last time it happened hereabouts, patriarchs prayerfully ‘disciplined’ the meenister, while ewe-lambs of the flock flooded him with tear-blotted anonymous letters.
Blue-grass Blade (Lexington, KY) 6 June 1/1: The people them days went to church / An’ filled the Amen Corner.
[US](con. 1915–16) N.I. White Amer. Negro Folk-Songs 367: [reported from Auburn, Ala., 1915–1916] De preacher in de pulpit / Drinking champagne and beer, / Women in de amen corner / Singing don’t you leave me here.
[US]‘Touré’ Portable Promised Land (ms.) 160: We Words (My Favorite Things) [...] Amen corner.

2. in fig. non-religious use.

[US]Kansas Agitator 26 Apr. 3/2: A.G. Stacey sits in the amen corner of the Republican synagogue [...] and sent out daily to the Republican press a tissue of lies.

3. (US black) attrib. use of sense 1, pertaining to people who occupy those seats, i.e. the most devout members of the congregation.

[US]Z.N. Hurston Sweat (1995) 956: You ain’t nothing but a hypocrite. One of them amen-corner Christians.
[US](con. 1850s) R. Bradford Kingdom Coming 114: Dat’s a-men-cornder tawk, gal.
[US]L. Heinemann Paco’s Story (1987) 9: Booming out some gibberish mumbo jumbo in his best amen-corner baritone.
amen-curler (n.) [? SE curler, one who writhes about; thus the clerk, wishing to demonstrate his piety]

a parish clerk; thus queer amen-curler n., a drunken parish clerk.

[UK]T. Brown Works 2 23: A Certificate of this miraculous Cure, I have under the hand of the Parson of the Parish, and his Amen-curler.
Serious & Comical Essays 159: This Amen-Curler did not make Psalm-singing his only Business.
[UK]Grose Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue.
[UK]G. Andrewes Dict. Sl. and Cant n.p.: amen-curler [...] queer amen-curler, a drunken parish clerk.
[UK]Lex. Balatronicum.
[UK]‘Jon Bee’ Dict. of the Turf, the Ring, the Chase, etc. 3: Amen curler — a parish-clerk, or assistant at any chapel or conventicle.
[UK]G. Kent Modern Flash Dict.
[UK]Swell’s Night Guide 129/1: Queer amen curler, a drunken parish clerk.
[UK]Flash Dict. in Sinks of London Laid Open.
[UK]R. Whiteing No. 5 John Street 221: ‘We represent the Musselbry branch o’ the Slav’ry Sersiety,’ says a sort of Amen-curler, as was at the ’ead on ’em.
[UK](ref. to 1870s) Dundee Eve. Post 26 Nov. 6/3: When the sweet Sabbath bells ring out softly o’er Bow / An’ the old amen curler to pulpit he go.
amen-man (n.)

a church clerk.

[UK]Sporting Mag. Sept. XIV 325/2: Being no novice beckons to his clerk: / The Amen-man did instantly obey.
amen-preacher (n.) [its black plumage, and the dislike felt by many West Indians for the white missionaries who preached at them]

(W.I.) the carrion crow.

[WI]cited in Cassidy & LePage Dict. Jam. Eng. (1980).
amen-snorter (n.)

(mainly Aus.) a parson.

[Aus]Bulletin 24 Nov. n.p.: In Maori-land it is impossible to swing [a] cat without smiting some variety of amen-snorter. Still the saints are not happy [F&H].
[Aus]D. Stivens Jimmy Brockett 230: Jerry said that Dubois’ old man had been an amen snorter, but that the kid had gone all atheist.
[US]J. Greenway ‘Australian Cattle Lingo’ in AS XXXIII:3 164: amen-snorter [...] n. A preacher.
[Aus]A. Chipper Aussie Swearers Guide 61: Amen Snorter (also Bible Basher). Someone with strong religous beliefs.
[US]A. Mariello ‘Dirty Dictionaries’ on Weekly Dig [Internet] He even tried Adam-and-Eveing it with the sizzlechested amen-snorter next door.
amen-wallah (n.) [wallah n. (1)]

the chaplain’s clerk; a clergyman.

Qly Rev. 256 347: One occasionally heard the phrase an amen- wallah, a clergyman, especially a chaplain, but originally a chaplain's clerk.
[UK]Partridge DSUE (1984) 17/2: C.19–20.
G.S. Rao Indian Wds in Eng. 54: Thus we have [...] ‘Lewis gun wallah’, ‘amen wallah’, ‘base wallah’ [etc.].

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