SomeHmes, and oddest of all, an English writer attributes to us purely British slang, never heard in this country, perhaps not even understood here. A recent London letter to a New York daily has this sentence: "Such critics for the most part accuse 'Kentish Suburb' and those who agree with him, not only of bad business management but also of swank, which is the British equivalent for what you in America call 'putting on side.'" We in Amercia! Who ever heard an American speak of "putting on side"? It is straight, pure Cockney, Cockney "of the first water," as Dickens would say. We might as well be accused of calling a hat "han 'at."