A 1788 dictionary of vulgar slang


#1

Originally published at: https://boingboing.net/2018/03/08/a-1788-dictionary-of-vulgar-sl.html


#2

“box the Jesuit?”
You mean “beat the Bishop?” or “punch the Pope?”
I think that basically survived, what with the Chuch view on onanism and the phalic nature of liturgical head-gear.


#3

“A weasel hath not such a deal of spleen as you are toss’d with.”


#4

C**T? Really? There are some words that even this dictionary won’t touch.


#5

We used to have book in the house that when I was a kid. My favorite expression was shitting through your teeth which meant to vomit.


#6

All’s Well That Ends Well

“A most notable coward, an infinite and endless liar, an hourly promise breaker, the owner of no one good quality.”

Coriolanus

“Your abilities are too infant-like for doing much alone.”

45 is reincarnated from the Bard’s time!


#7

Does it have “■■■■■?”


#8

My final project for my Master’s degree was to create a library exhibit on the history of English language lexicography and this was one of the items I used to detail the early history. It’s a fascinating read and it was a lovely little reminder to that time.


#9

I wish to learn more about the art of wheedling.


#10

My first wonder is if the word is related to the modern word “wheeling”, as in wheeling and dealing.

I see using sex to sell alcoholic beverages is a time honored practice. Lets get a bottle of the ol’ strip me naked for the girlfriend the exact same way kids of Burbon street buy panty melters for their girls.


#11

The idea that the Catholic clergy were sex-crazed hypocrites (monks/priests/bishops/cardinals shagging nuns, etc.) was a staple of Protestant anti-Catholic propaganda. Grose’s dictionary defines abbess (the head of a convent) as slang for ‘A bawd, the mistress of a brothel’.


#12

Stop vilifying “moïst!”

:wink:


#13

#14

This is nearly useless to me. Where is the dictionary of vulgar 2018 slang? I guess BoingBoing will get around to posting that in 230 years. #disappointedinboingboing


#15

See “trumpery”, defined as “an old whore”. Foresight or prophecy?


#16

You did just invent a definition, didn’t you?


#17

I find it amusing that “box the Jesuit” immediately follows

box the compass-- To say or repeat the mariner’s compass, not only backwards or forwards, but also to be able to answer any and all questions respecting its divisions. sea term


#18

I love titles of this era, to whit: the expansions of the most brief title made in a most agreeable fashion; to which are appended one or more marginally or completely unrelated works, as a bonus and incentive to the dear reader.


#19

A modern version?


#20

The answer is within the question, bottle-head :wink: