I have a two-volume dictionary set, weighty tomes, of historical slang I’ve been leafing through this winter. You may have caught my first post with such goodies as Flesh-tailor and Frog-salad. In the interests of broadening, and maybe debasing, our vocabularies, here are a few more with which to shock and delight your friends.
Pontius Pilate: A pawn broker (1785)
Splatter-Face: A broad-faced man or woman (1861)
Mince-Pies: The eyes (1892)
Marinated: Transported over the sea (1785)
Lap-Ful: A lover or husband
Spicy: Racy or smutty (1844)
Spoffskins: A prostitute
A Fancy Piece: A thief’s woman (1877)
Upper-Storey: The head or brain (1751)
Vardy: An opinion
Vealy: Immature, green (1864)
Way-Bit: A considerable though indefinite addition to a mile (1611)
The Crack: The general craze of the moment
Cranberry-Eye: Bloodshot eye resulting from alcoholism
To be Docked Smack Smooth: Castrated
Rifle: To grope or possess a woman
Snipe: A thin person or child
Slap-Sauce: A hanger-on, a toady
Words referring to women and their, ahem, charms: Mary Jane, Miraculous-cairn, School of Venus, Splice, Coyote, Crinoline, East Virtue, Rosebud, Pit of Darkness, Plover, Pin cushion, Phoenix Nest, The Novelty.
Next time we’ll cover men and their charms…..