Grose's classical dictionary of the vulgar tongue, revised and corrected, with the addition of numerous slang phrases, collected from tried authorities. By Pierce Egan. Francis Grose.
Grose's classical dictionary of the vulgar tongue, revised and corrected, with the addition of numerous slang phrases, collected from tried authorities. By Pierce Egan

Grose's classical dictionary of the vulgar tongue, revised and corrected, with the addition of numerous slang phrases, collected from tried authorities. By Pierce Egan

London: Sherwood, Neely, and Jones, 1823. 8vo, pp. xl, [246]; portrait frontispiece of Grose, text illustrations; original blue cloth-backed boards, printed paper spine label (rubbed and toned); small contemporary bookplate on front pastedown; a very good, partially unopened copy. 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. It is interesting to note that some slang has been transformed by time into "normal" usage, such as blubber, chubby, or cobble; others have survived in slightly altered form: "to kid" (coax), "jilted" (rejected by a woman who has encouraged a man's advances); and much of it has disappeared entirely. Some examples of the latter are such favorites as "King's Bad Bargain:...a malingerer, or soldier, who shirks his duty"; "Lawful blanket: A wife"; and "Left-handed wife: A concubine". Vancil, p. 103. Item #44420

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