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Monkey

In the United Kingdom, a slang term for 500 pounds.
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Voisin on Idiocy" (November 1843) cites a pamphlet in which Felix Voisin, physician at the Bicetre, refers to a class of "partial idiots" as "those whose brute propensities are completely and strongly developed, while their moral sentiments and intellects are weak," and observes of movements characteristic to the idiots under his care, "I have noticed the same sort of motion performed among the monkies shut up in our menageries.
Produced a quarter century later, Pinkerton's geographical survey of the inhabitants of the fifth part of the world is both highly derivative and riddled with invidious comparisons: the inhabitants of New Holland were 'exactly one degree above the brute creation; and, like monkies, .
I look on the blacks as a set of monkies, and the earlier they are exterminated from the face of the earth the better.