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.)