Monday, October 18, 2010

Friday Fun: Need to catch up on your 1699 colloquialisms and slang?

Learn the difference between your dulpickles, jobbernolls, fustiluggs and purple dromedary!

Yes, that's right, those crazy kids at Oxford Press are reprinting "A new Dictionary of the Terms of Ancient and Modern of the Canting Crew" (renamed The English Dictionary of Slang, 1699), for everyone who wants to keep up on their ancient insults, ale-house chatter and 17th century criminal underworld slangery!

Check out the article at the Oxford Times!

Buy the book! (

Read about it on Wikipedia! 

Read a digital copy of the 1899 version on!

Read a modern book on slang, from the CARL stacks! Slang and its analogues, past and present : a dictionary, historical comparative, of heterodox speech of all classes of society for more than three hundred years, with synonyms in English, French, German, Italian, etc. (What a mouthful!)



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