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A Classical Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue The many vulgar allusions and cant expressions that so freuently 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these as they generally originate from some trifling event or temporary circumstance on falling into disuse or being superseded by new ones vanish without a trace behind such were the late fashionable words a Bore and a Twaddle among the great vulgar Maccaroni and the Barber among the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. says:

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


  2. 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. 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 Francis Grose Perfect


  4. 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. says:

    This dictionary is mediocreLemprière's Classical Dictionary is so much better


  6. says:

    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 horse one of whose fore feet is tied up; this at night has the appearan


  7. 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. says:

    Thank goodness Captain Grose decided to collect these slang terms and colloauialisms 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. 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 eraAn improvement could be made if their was a Table of Contents or Index


  10. says:

    Funny and Interesting


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