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Robbers, Rogues, and Thieves1737
by Nathan Bailey
A new eBook edition of a rarely published work,
The Dictionary of Robbers, Rogues, and Thieves1737,
is an amazing and amusing collection of English slang of the 18th Century.
Nathan Bailey, the distinguished British scholar, philologist, and lexicographer,
published this collection of over a thousand words and expressions of
his day, and presented them with definitions and examples of their usage.
Included are such humorous but obsolete expressions such as a Cold-Cook
(an undertaker), a Pig-Widgeon (a silly
fellow), Feather-Bed-Lane (a rough stretch of road), Laced
Mutton (a woman), a Nanny-House (a bawdy-house),
and words we don't dare define here, such as Whirlegigs, Clicketing,
Beard-splitter, and "To Blow off Loose Corns".
A must for anyone interested in the language of the common man in the
Also included is Benjamin Franklin's side-splitting collection of 238
words and phrases describing drunkenness in THE
DRINKER'S DICTIONARY, also published in 1737. Included are
such expressions for intoxication as "He's drunk as a wheel
barrow", "He's been too free with Sir John Strawberry",
and "He's had a thump on the head with Samson's Jawbone".
This eBook is one of the most historically complete and accurate accounts
of slang expressions of the 1700s.
eBook (EPUB and PDF Formats), 148 pages
Over 1,700 Slang Definitions
The Dictionary of Robbers, Rogues, and Thieves1737
228 expressions for Drunkenness
The Drinker's Dictionary
Publisher's Notes, Nathan Bailey Biography
Interactive Table of Contents
Pub. Date: June 1, 2011
Publisher: The Bartholomew Press
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