Anne Robinson, Karen Saxby
Originally printed as a guide to street slang for men of quality, The Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue is a gem! The avowed purpose of the dictionary was to give men of fashion an insight into the inappropriate language of the street. Many of the words should be brought back into common parlance forthwith: we have no term for the admiral of the narrow seas 'One who from drunkenness vomits into the lap of the person sitting opposite to him'. We have perhaps less use for a word for dobin rig: 'Stealing ribbons from haberdashers early in the morning or late at night'; generally practised by women in the disguise of maid servants. Learn how the Georgians and early Victorians would insult each other and find out how some of today's words and derivations have come about in this quirky little volume.