Victorian jargon watch: "a dictionary of heterodox English, slang and phrase"

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4 Responses to “Victorian jargon watch: "a dictionary of heterodox English, slang and phrase"”

  1. oasisob1 says:

    I expect some of this slang to come back into fashion here on BB. I’d use some myself, but I was born a bit tired.

  2. noah django says:

    >Fairy (Lower Peoples). A debauched, hideous old woman, especially when drunk.

    there is a woman who fits this description in my apartment building.  Her first name?  “Fairy.”  I’m crappin’ you negative.

  3. Lupus_Yonderboy says:

    I personally love Francis Grose’s “Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue”, late 18th Century/early 19th (originally published in 1785, multiple editions through 1811).  I bought a copy in the Strand years ago and it makes an awesome bathroom book/very light bedtime reading.

    http://books.google.com/books/about/A_Classical_Dictionary_of_the_Vulgar_Ton.html?id=NqHteIy-lXYC

    http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/5402

    http://www.amazon.com/1811-Dictionary-Vulgar-Tongue-dictionary/dp/069580216X

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