Grose's Classical Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue, revised and corrected, with the addition of numerous slang phrases, collected from tried authorities. Pierce Egan.
Grose's Classical Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue, revised and corrected, with the addition of numerous slang phrases, collected from tried authorities
Grose's Classical Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue, revised and corrected, with the addition of numerous slang phrases, collected from tried authorities

Grose's Classical Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue, revised and corrected, with the addition of numerous slang phrases, collected from tried authorities.

London: Printed for Sherwood, Neely and Jones Paternoster Row, 1823.

First thus. Portrait frontispiece of Grose. xi, [246] pp. Marchant, printer. 1 vols. 8vo. Contemporary half blue cloth and boards, paper title label (rubbed), else a very nice copy, inner front hinge repaired. O'Neill G-44. Item #304362

Francis Grose (1731-1791) was the lexicographer of the low life: his dictionary of vulgar and slang words, which appeared under several different titles, was the most complete of the eighteenth century, and appeared in numerous editions (including a facsimile reprint in 1968). It is interesting to note that some slang has been transformed by time into “normal” usage: freshman, lop-sided, lag; other has survived in slightly altered form: “to kid” (coax), “hidebound” (stingy); and much of it has disappeared entirely. Among the many examples of the latter are such gems as “Mousetrap: The parson's mousetrap; the state of matrimony”, “Uphills: False dice that run high”, “Scandal Broth: Tea”, and “Lawful Blanket: A wife”. Reading this book is like eating peanuts--once you begin, it's hard to stop.

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