1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue
Posted by Linden on August 25, 1998 at 20:14:55:
I've just found this gem in my local second-hand bookshop.
Compiled by Captain Grose, it includes thieves cant, Oxbridge student slang, general colloquialisms, and much more.
Most of the slang seems to be about fornication, theft, dying, and going to the toilet.
A slight surprise to me is that there is almost no trace of rhyming slang, which is such a marked feature of cockney English these days.
But plenty of other delights, such as:
Gluepot - A parson: from joining men and women together in matrimony
Knight of the thimble: A taylor
Pitt's Picture: A window stopt up on the inside, to save the tax imposed in that gentleman's administration.
- Cant-or bury tales. Bob Whitworth 20:34:38 8/25/98 (6)
- When a felon's not engaged in his employment , his employment Caroline 22:07:08 8/25/98 (5)
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