The Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue


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    The Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue

    A Dictionary of Buckish Slang, University Wit, and Pickpocket Eloquence

    Francis Grose

    Hesperus 2013

    Hardback 288pp

    9781843914761   Product Code: 22056

    Soldier, scholar and champion drinker, Francis Grose published the first recognized dictionary of slang in 1785. It contained two categories of entries: cant language, or slang, and burlesque phrases, the latter being drawn from 'the most classical authorities' - soldiers, sailors and fishwives. The book is an indispensable guide, not only to late 18th-century slang words and phrases, but also to the lively and chaotic social life of those times. (Previously sold in Postscript as The Vulgar Tongue.)

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