The Vulgar Tongue : Buckish Slang and Pickpocket Eloquence by Francis Grose (PDF)



Ebook Info

  • Published: 2004
  • Number of pages: 316 pages
  • Format: PDF
  • File Size: 2.70 MB
  • Authors: Francis Grose


flash lingo n. The canting or slang language A fascinating and hilarious collection of all the words and phrases that raised eyebrows in the 18th century. The original 1796 alternative dictionary of ‘The Vulgar Tongue’, educated readers in the correct usage of colloquialisms, slang and old English idioms. Includes those familiar entries such as ‘mealy-mouthed’, originally meaning over-modest, and revives classics that should never have been forgotten, such as ‘apple dumplin shop’ for a woman’s bosom, ‘nit squeeger’ (a hairdresser) and ‘flaybottomist’ (a teacher). So, you won’t be a ‘Jason’s Fleece’ if you buy this book. In fact, take full advantage of the Vulgar Tongue and you’ll be much less of a ‘nigmenog’. No true aspiring vulgarite should leave home without it!

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⭐The book has clearly had significant water damage. The dust jacket is there, but it has previously been soaked and the textire is brittle. The binding creaks, and the whole thing is ready to break in pieces

⭐The product description provided above (and from the jacket copy of the book) emphasizes what might be considered the “cute” aspects of vulgar speech. But the language of the vulgar/common/mean/low (and yes, I just equated the common with the low, because they share more with each other than either did/does with the elite) offers more than chuckles. It provides clues about the everyday lives of those who spoke it. By studying how quartermasters and criminals spoke, we learn about the ways low-life characters contributed to society, like a microbiologist studying the interpersonal relationships among the flora of the stomach. Most telling, we learn that the language of the low-life shares very much in common with that of the soldier/sailor. This Navy vet can’t help but wonder why.Anyone wanting to write about 18th-century British culture must read Grose’s guide to the language of the time–not *refer to*, but *read*. It is not enough to spice up a manuscript with random terms from that milieu; reading

⭐cover to cover will contribute substantially to your being able to write with authority and authenticity about that milieu, as much as one reference book can.This is a valuable guide to 18th-century Britain’s underbelly. Though it is not a narrative, reading it as if it were provides the reader with as rich a story as any novel. I highly recommend this to writers, especially, who may find inspiration from reading it.

⭐For a reinactor, writer, or historical interpreter, The Vulgar Tongue: Buckish Slang and Pickpocket Eloquence is an indespensable reference. Grose provides the reader with a vast array of words and phrases to choose from to spice up your material with just enough flavor to give your audience a true taste of 18th century life. Use it judiciously. Unpack your words subtely so that readers are not left scratching their heads in confusion.Grose’s book is a gem to be treasured.

⭐Such a cool glimpse into the past and a look at the evolution of language.

⭐If you’re a writer this will tickle your fancy. Especially if you/re writing a British tale.

⭐great book!!

⭐Great source book with thousands of terms from yesteryear. A must-have resource for anyone trying to recreate the 18th century.

⭐Loved this – I have a friend who owns the book and as soon as I skimmed through it I knew that I needed my own copy.Being able to throw in some authentic historical slang and cursing is great, as i am a part-time re-enactor.Thoroughly recommended for anyone interested in History, linguistics or wanting to put together their own historical dialogue with flair.

⭐Gives a good insight into life of the time eg were people really vomiting into the lap of a person sitting opposite so often that they needed to have a phrase for it? But not a book to read at one sitting – more like one section every few days

⭐If you are writing a Georgian novel, as are most of us, an invaluable guide to the cant of the day. Not to mention hilarious…


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