1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue
The knees. To bring any one down on his marrow bones; to make him beg pardon on his knees: some derive this from Mary's bones, i.e. the bones bent in honor of the Virgin Mary; but this seems rather far- fetched. Marrow bones and cleavers; principal instruments in the band of rough music: these are generally performed on by butchers, on marriages, elections, riding skimmington, and other public or joyous occasions.
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Review: 1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar TongueUser Review - Kilian Metcalf - Goodreads
If you are writing a Regency romance, I don't see how you can do without this resource. It was fun to read from AZ and very interesting to see how many expressions still hold their original meaning and have made the transition from slang to mainstream. Read full review
Review: 1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar TongueUser Review - Sarah Tipper - Goodreads
Word nerds will love this book. I could go back to 1811 and be very rude now that I've read it. I expect I'll be using the word 'fundament' instead of bottom right here in the present and should I ... Read full review