The Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue

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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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The Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue

The Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue

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

Hardback288pp

9781843914761     Product Code: 222056

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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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