Okay, in spite of being stupidly busy, I have recently discovered something that makes me very happy. The Online Etymology Dictionary. It tells you how words have been used through history.
This is helpful, since I've been using 1813 as a frame year for The Thief Book. Did you know kid, around that time, was a term for a skillful young thief. That's going to be useful in my revisions. :D And I know I'm gonna be killing time with this site in the future.
Just wanted to pass that on.