INAUSPICIOUSadj. Not lousy with it in the crop.

The author of this dictionary feels it his duty to explain to the Eastern reader that the appalling phrase immediately foregoing is not of his own invention, and that he employs it here, with reluctance, in order to be clearly understood in the mining camps of this state, where “English as she is spoke” on the Atlantic seaboard is altogether unintelligible. The author begs to assure his Eastern readers that the phrase in question means nothing very disagreeable; it may be translated thus: “Not showing much free gold in the outcroppings.” Let us now proceed.