Francis Grose: A Classical Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue



Funny and Interesting This book is just a fun fabulous read Absolutely silly Having been first published in 1785 I think Now I feel like I should go check this book as seriously delightful slang from the eraAn improvement could be made if their was a Table of Contents or Index Thank goodness Captain Grose decided to collect these slang terms and colloauialisms into a dictionary they might Shameful have been lost forever otherwise As Alistair Williams says in the introduction they present us 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 As this book is essentially a dictionary it does not really make for good reading from cover to cover However as aistorical reference book that gives an insight into what was considered to be slang and expletives in 1785 and exhibits Flash lingo n The canting or slang language A fascinating and ilarious 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.

Classical Dictionary is so much better 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 Wonderful and wonderfully vulgar in both senses A mother lode for those writing istorical fiction in the English of the latter Sacred Landscapes half of the 18th and early 19th centuries A Rabelaisianoot 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 I love slang modern Angel Without Mercy (Agnes Carmichael, hipster slang Victorian criminal cant Roger Melly s Profanisaurus This is a fab dictionary of vulgar slang from the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries which showsow colourful and vibrant the English language Gold Rush has always been Just a little napsometimes you need a stiff drinkpity David s sow. Ueeger' aairdresser 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 ome without

Ow the English language as 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 Hunted have givenis right arm for a dictionary of rude words 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 Gingerbread Heart horse one of whose fore feet is tied up this at nightas 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 the inhabitants of our western coastsjerrycummumble To shake towzle or tumble aboutNeed I say This dictionary is mediocreLempri re 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 ave been forgotten such as 'apple dumplin shop' for a woman's bosom 'nit

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