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Imagine if this was still how we referred to teens / adolescents. “Hobberdehoy fiction.” “Hobberdehoy angst.” “He only moved out of his mother’s basement, like, last year. I don’t know, he just seems so hobberdehoy.”

Imagine if this was still how we referred to teens / adolescents. “Hobberdehoy fiction.” “Hobberdehoy angst.” “He only moved out of his mother’s basement, like, last year. I don’t know, he just seems so hobberdehoy.”

To dance upon nothing is to be hanged, which in turn is to be married? I can’t tell if these 19th century sailors were really existentially obsessed with the inseparability of sex / marriage and death, or were just really confused about it.

To dance upon nothing is to be hanged, which in turn is to be married? I can’t tell if these 19th century sailors were really existentially obsessed with the inseparability of sex / marriage and death, or were just really confused about it.

Did you know? 19th century sailor slang was actually an ancient, variant form of English.

Did you know? 19th century sailor slang was actually an ancient, variant form of English.

We all come from the same place. This is an important thing to keep in mind.

We all come from the same place. This is an important thing to keep in mind.

Hello everyone!
The school year has started again and Weird Word Wednesday is back! Not that those two things are connected. They’re not connected at all, because Weird Word Wednesday is certainly not run by a student. That would be an absurd assumption to make.
Today’s word is “resurrection men” (I know it’s two words, but we’ll let it slide). Kinda makes you wonder about what the Medical Schools are up to nowadays, huh?**
**Disclaimer: Johns Hopkins Medical School definitely doesn’t dig up dead bodies for experimentation, so there’s no need to make any absurd assumptions.

Hello everyone!

The school year has started again and Weird Word Wednesday is back! Not that those two things are connected. They’re not connected at all, because Weird Word Wednesday is certainly not run by a student. That would be an absurd assumption to make.

Today’s word is “resurrection men” (I know it’s two words, but we’ll let it slide). Kinda makes you wonder about what the Medical Schools are up to nowadays, huh?**

**Disclaimer: Johns Hopkins Medical School definitely doesn’t dig up dead bodies for experimentation, so there’s no need to make any absurd assumptions.

This gives new meaning to the phrase “tying the knot.”

This gives new meaning to the phrase “tying the knot.”

Znees: it’s the bees’ knees.
Call No.: 427 G877DLocation: George Peabody Library

Znees: it’s the bees’ knees.

Call No.: 427 G877D
Location: George Peabody Library

Part of what makes The Grose Dictionary of English Slang so great is its portrayal of everyday, vulgar life as it was at the time. This entry is a wonderful example of that.
Call No.: 427 G877DLocation: George Peabody Library

Part of what makes The Grose Dictionary of English Slang so great is its portrayal of everyday, vulgar life as it was at the time. This entry is a wonderful example of that.

Call No.: 427 G877D
Location: George Peabody Library