Carey Street is perhaps most famous for the bankruptcy court also resident. It moved here from Westminster in the 1840s due to the escalating number of common law judges. It is because of this connection with bankruptcy that the street is known to wags as Queer Street, an approximate nadir to the familiar zenith of 'Easy Street'. Here 'queer' is being used as a reference to an antiquated slang meaning of the word of 'in financial straits'. The jury is still out on how queer might have come to mean this, suggestions include that it is a slurred corruption of Carey Street, another that it is a metaphoric reference to a crooked shape, more convincing is that it is a transmutation of the German Querstrasse (street running off at a right angle). These days you won't hear people asking directions to Queer Street, it is many a year since anyone actually called Carey Street Queer Street but the allusion captured public conscience and in casinos, racecourses and poker dens being in Queer Street is still a popular, jokey euphemism for a losing punt.