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A Classical Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue The many vulgar allusions and cant expressions that so frequently occur in our common conversation and periodical publications, make a work of this kind extremely useful, if not absolutely necessary, not only to foreigners, but even to native residents at a distance from the metropolis, or who do not mix in the busy world without some such help, they might hunt through all the ordinary dictionaries, from Alpha to Omega, in search of the words, black legs, lame duck, a plumb, malingeror, nip cheese, darbies, and the new drop, although these are all terms of well known import, at New market, Exchange alley, the City, the Parade, Wapping, and Newgate The fashionable words, or favorite expressions of the day, also find their way into our political and theatrical compositions these, as they generally originate from some trifling event, or temporary circumstance, on falling into disuse, or being superseded by new ones, vanish without a trace behind, such were the late fashionable words, a Bore and a Twaddle, among the great vulgar, Maccaroni and the Barber, among the small these too are here carefully registered

10 thoughts on “A Classical Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue

  1. Eggp Eggp says:

    Just a little napsometimes you need a stiff drinkpity David s sow Just a little napsometimes you need a stiff drinkpity David s sow

  2. Ruth Ruth says:

    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.

  3. John Caviglia John Caviglia says:

    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 Fran

  4. Graychin (D. Dalrymple) Graychin (D. Dalrymple) says:

    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.

  5. Steven Steven says:

    This dictionary is mediocre.Lempri re s Classical Dictionary is so much better.

  6. Jenny Schmenny Jenny Schmenny says:

    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 th

  7. Steve Mitchell Steve Mitchell says:

    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

  8. Elizabeth Elizabeth says:

    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 centuryGrose captures a bawdy culture alive with its own rich language.

  9. Sally Michelle Sally Michelle says:

    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.

  10. Nicki Markus Nicki Markus says:

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

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