Some fun forgotten words …

When you do an image search on “Victorian slang” …

Do you know where to find your daddles, your sauce-box, your tallywags or your gas-pipes? Do you know what it means to feel shivviness or cosmognosis? [I have certainly felt the latter– Ed.] Are you oaf-rocked, or do you suffer from proditomania? Are you a gal-sneaker or a church-bell? Check out these (and many other) wonderful old long-forgotten words and expressions that have fallen into obscurity, brought to us by History Hustle (“25 Best Victorian Slang Terms”) and the BBC (“26 Words We Don’t Want to Lose”). Some of them have been mined from texts like Vocabulary of East Anglia (1830), A Dialogue of Proverbs in the English Tongue (1546), the New Sydenham Society’s Lexicon of Medicine and the Allied Sciences (1882), and Maine Lingo (1950), among others; you can find many more in Paul Anthony Jones’s new book, The Cabinet of Linguistic Curiosities. Or you can just do a Google image search on the terms “Victorian” and “slang”: do it when you’ve got the morbs, and you might get a gigglemug in the process. Now will you please go and bitch the pot?

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