Francis Grose: A Classical Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue



Wonderful and wonderfully vulgar in both senses A mother lode for those writing historical fiction in the English of the latter half of the 18th and early 19th centuries A Rabelaisian hoot for pretty much everybody else I found my copy remaindered but Project Gutenberg makes it available at And I forgot to mention the author s name is Francis Grose Perfect Buckish Slang and Pickpocket Elouence Originally printed in 1785 and full of gems like flogging cully A debilitated lecher commonly an old one whose torpid powers reuire stimulating by flagellationjibber the kibber A method of deceiving seamen by fixing a candle and lantern round the neck of a horse one of whose fore feet is tied up this at night has the appearance of a ship s light ships bearing towards it run on shore and being wrecked are plundered by the inhabitants This diabolical devise is it is said practiced by Flash lingo n The canting or slang language A fascinating and hilarious collection of all the words and phrases that raised eyebrows in the 18th century The original 1796 alternative dictionary of 'The Vulgar Tongue' educated readers in the correct us.

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With a fascinating window on the lives of ordinary people at the end of the eighteenth centuryGrose captures a bawdy culture alive with its own rich language Just a little napsometimes you need a stiff drinkpity David s sow A 1785 dictionary of slang Yes please This was a gift from a friend who apparently knows me very well Fantastic stuff On every page I learn something new and laugh out loud As this book is essentially a dictionary it does not really make for good reading from cover to cover However as a historical reference book that gives an insight into what was considered to be slang and expletives in 1785 and exhibits how the English language has evolved it is excellent This book is actually a facsimile of a first edition of Captain Francis Grose s book that any pre teen schoolboy would have given his right arm for a dictionary of rude words Funny and Interesting. Ueeger' a hairdresser and 'flaybottomist' a teacher So you won't be a 'Jason's Fleece' if you buy this book In fact take full advantage of the Vulgar Tongue and you'll be much less of a 'nigmenog' No true aspiring vulgarite should leave home without

He inhabitants of our western coastsjerrycummumble To shake towzle or tumble aboutNeed I say This book is ust a fun fabulous read Absolutely silly Having been first published in 1785 I think Now I feel like I should go check this book has seriously delightful slang from the eraAn improvement could be made if their was a Table of Contents or Index I love slang modern hipster slang Victorian criminal cant Roger Melly s Profanisaurus This is a fab dictionary of vulgar slang from the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries which shows how colourful and vibrant the English language has always been This dictionary is mediocreLempri re s Classical Dictionary is so much better Thank goodness Captain Grose decided to collect these slang terms and colloauialisms into a dictionary they might have been lost forever otherwise As Alistair Williams says in the introduction they present us. Age of collouialisms slang and old English idioms Includes those familiar entries such as 'mealy mouthed' originally meaning over modest and revives classics that should never have been forgotten such as 'apple dumplin shop' for a woman's bosom 'nit

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