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Ready to gigglemug? Can You Define This Victorian Slang?

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If you think about the 1960s, a particular fashion, hairdo, language, and attitude come to mind. The 1980s and 1990s are no different. In fact, it seems as though each decade has its own unique style and slang. At the turn of the century, author Andrew Forrester, whose real name was James Redding Ware, took advantage of this unique concept and wrote Passing English of the Victorian Era: A Dictionary of Heterodox English Slang and Phrase.

It was published in 1909 and included “Thousands of words and phrases in existence in 1870 [that] have drifted away, or changed their forms, or been absorbed, while as many have been added or are being added.”

Andrew Forrester details words that are delightful, funny, or informative. He introduced the book writing “Passing English ripples from countless sources, forming a river of new language which has its tide and its ebb, while its current brings down new ideas and carries away those that have dribbled out of fashion.”

Can you define this Victorian slang? Maybe we should bring some of these words back into conversations?!

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