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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 usage of colloquialisms, slang and old English idioms. Includes those familiar entries such as 'mealy-mouthed', originallyflash 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 usage of colloquialisms, 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 squeeger' (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 it!...

Title : The Vulgar Tongue: Buckish Slang and Pickpocket Eloquence
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ISBN : 9781840244137
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Number of Pages : 316 Pages
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The Vulgar Tongue: Buckish Slang and Pickpocket Eloquence Reviews

  • Ruth
    2019-03-17 21:33

    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.

  • John Caviglia
    2019-03-06 21:33

    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: http://www.gutenberg.org/files/5402/5... And I forgot to mention, the author's name is Francis Grose. Perfect!

  • Douglas Dalrymple
    2019-03-05 18:44

    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.

  • Steven
    2019-02-25 23:26

    This dictionary is mediocre.Lemprière's Classical Dictionary is so much better.

  • Jenny Schmenny
    2019-03-07 19:30

    "Buckish Slang and Pickpocket Eloquence?" Originally printed in 1785 and full of gems like: flogging cully: A debilitated lecher (commonly an old one), whose torpid powers require stimulating by flagellation.jibber 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 the inhabitants of our western coasts.jerrycummumble: To shake, towzle, or tumble about.Need I say more?

  • Steve Mitchell
    2019-03-08 19:41

    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!

  • Elizabeth
    2019-03-05 20:44

    Thank goodness Captain Grose decided to collect these slang terms and colloaquialisms into a dictionary; they might 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 century...Grose captures a bawdy culture alive with its own rich language.'

  • Sally Michelle
    2019-03-12 20:18

    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 has seriously delightful slang from the era.An improvement could be made if their was a Table of Contents or Index.

  • Nicki Markus
    2019-03-08 23:36

    Another excellent reference work for writers of historical fiction (and readers too).

  • Raving Redcoat
    2019-02-20 17:27

    Fascinating look at slang of the late 18th century. A good addition to the shelf of anyone interested in that period.

  • Nicole
    2019-03-22 23:23

    Funny and Interesting

  • Lee Rowan
    2019-02-22 18:29

    Very useful for a writer of historical fiction - EXCEPT that it really needs an index. Fun to browse but frustrating when you would like to find a word fast.

  • Paul
    2019-03-09 18:33

    Very interesting resource of words that have mostly disappeared from modern usage.

  • Gerardo Pleasent
    2019-02-24 22:43

    Eye opening journey into early 19th century English slang.