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Certainly not!
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Certainly not!

Call No.: 427 G877D
Location: George Peabody Library

The Grose Dictionary of English Slang reveals the top four causes of death in the early 1800s.

Call No.: 427 G877DLocation: George Peabody Library

The Grose Dictionary of English Slang reveals the top four causes of death in the early 1800s.

Call No.: 427 G877D
Location: George Peabody Library

Somehow I doubt these “secret services” refer to whaler’s wives attempting to discover what their husbands were up to while at sea …
See also "petticoat pensioner" for a non-age specific use of kept men and lady secret services!
Call No.: 427 G877DLocation: George Peabody Library

Somehow I doubt these “secret services” refer to whaler’s wives attempting to discover what their husbands were up to while at sea …

See also "petticoat pensioner" for a non-age specific use of kept men and lady secret services!

Call No.: 427 G877D
Location: George Peabody Library

Apparently early 19th-century sailors discussed Jesuits’ masturbation habits so often that they made up their own slang phrase for it.
Hmm.
Call No.: 427 G877DLocation: George Peabody Library

Apparently early 19th-century sailors discussed Jesuits’ masturbation habits so often that they made up their own slang phrase for it.

Hmm.

Call No.: 427 G877D
Location: George Peabody Library

In this installment of Weird Word Wednesday, we reveal that the hatred of lawyers has had a long history.
Also, apparently, lawyers are like sharks. This raises so many questions: do lawyers drop dead if they stop working? How many rows of teeth do they have? And if one is threatening you, is punching them in the face an acceptable solution?
Wait a second. Do sharks pass legislation?

Call No.: 427 G877DLocation: George Peabody Library

In this installment of Weird Word Wednesday, we reveal that the hatred of lawyers has had a long history.

Also, apparently, lawyers are like sharks. This raises so many questions: do lawyers drop dead if they stop working? How many rows of teeth do they have? And if one is threatening you, is punching them in the face an acceptable solution?

Wait a second. Do sharks pass legislation?


Call No.: 427 G877D
Location: George Peabody Library

In this our esteemed third installment of Weird Word Wednesday we present to you, our gentle audience, a “petticoat pensioner,” indicating that the world forever was and forever shall be the domain of the cougar.
Call No.: 427 G877DLocation: George Peabody Library

In this our esteemed third installment of Weird Word Wednesday we present to you, our gentle audience, a “petticoat pensioner,” indicating that the world forever was and forever shall be the domain of the cougar.

Call No.: 427 G877D
Location: George Peabody Library

In the second installment of Weird Word Wednesdays, I present to you “Apple Dumplin’ Shop”.
I imagine this phrase was responsible for quite a few crazy stories in its heyday.

Call No.: 427 G877DLocation: George Peabody Library

In the second installment of Weird Word Wednesdays, I present to you “Apple Dumplin’ Shop”.

I imagine this phrase was responsible for quite a few crazy stories in its heyday.

Call No.: 427 G877D
Location: George Peabody Library

You might recall this image. Today is the first of what will hopefully be many Weird Word Wednesdays, in which I will post a word from the Grose Dictionary of English Slang. Because the world needs to know.

"Admiral, I beg of you: please keep away from my narrow seas!"

Call No.: 427 G877DLocation: George Peabody Library

You might recall this image. Today is the first of what will hopefully be many Weird Word Wednesdays, in which I will post a word from the Grose Dictionary of English Slang. Because the world needs to know.

"Admiral, I beg of you: please keep away from my narrow seas!"

Call No.: 427 G877D
Location: George Peabody Library

The Original Urban Dictionary?
Vomit! Swords! Tabletop drinking! Behold a merry band of pickpockets and learn their eloquent slang with Captain Grose’s Lexicon Balatronicum. After all, where else would you read about horn colic (aka a temporary priapism)? Somehow, I think the compilers of the OED celebrated their lexiconic accomplishment in a much more sedate manner …
Call No.: 427 G877DLocation: George Peabody Library

The Original Urban Dictionary?

Vomit! Swords! Tabletop drinking! Behold a merry band of pickpockets and learn their eloquent slang with Captain Grose’s Lexicon Balatronicum. After all, where else would you read about horn colic (aka a temporary priapism)? Somehow, I think the compilers of the OED celebrated their lexiconic accomplishment in a much more sedate manner …

Call No.: 427 G877D
Location: George Peabody Library