A Classical Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue

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Beard Books, 1931 - History - 408 pages
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The 1931 edition of the classic that presents the fashionable words and favorite expressions of olden times.
 

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Page 15 - AMBASSADOR. A trick to duck some ignorant fellow or landsman, frequently played on board ships in the warm latitudes. It is thus managed: A large tub is filled with water, and two stools placed on each side of it. Over the whole is thrown a tarpaulin, or old sail: this is kept tight by two persons, who are to represent the king and queen of a foreign country, and are seated on the stools.
Page 17 - To follow like a tantony pig,' ie to follow close at one's heels. Some derive this saying from a privilege enjoyed by the friars of certain convents in England and France, sons of St Anthony, whose swine were permitted to feed in the streets. These swine would follow any one having greens or other provisions, till they obtained some of them ; and it was in those days considered an act of charity and religion to feed them. St Anthony was invoked for the pig.
Page 3 - With several NEW CATCHES and SONGS. ALSO A COMPLEAT CANTING DICTIONARY, BOTH OF Old Words, and such as are now most in Use. A Book very useful and necessary (to be known, but not practised) for all People.
Page 23 - BALUM RANCUM. A hop or dance, where the women are all prostitutes. NB The company dance in their birthday suits.

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