Book trivia, Dickens, Charles, Life in the Long 19th Century, Oliver Twist, Words & phrases (Long 19th Century)

Vocabulary survival guide for Victorian London

Vocabulary you'll need to survive in Victorian London Perusing the Public Domain Review you may eventually stumble upon The London Guide & Stranger’s Safeguard against the Cheats, Swindlers, and Pickpockets (1819). 'A comprehensive guide to help the unwitting visitor avoid falling victim to the various and nefarious crimes abound in early 19th-century London.' The book… Continue reading Vocabulary survival guide for Victorian London

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Book trivia, Words & phrases (Long 19th Century)

“Hoydon” – Victorian Words & Phrases #3

Hoydon = A romping girl. Definition taken from The 1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue, originally by Francis Grose. I only remember coming across the word "Hoydon" once, and that was in an early scene in Tess of the d'Urbervilles (Thomas Hardy): They leant over the gate by the highway, and inquired as to the… Continue reading “Hoydon” – Victorian Words & Phrases #3

Book trivia, Words & phrases (Long 19th Century)

6 handy Victorian words & phrases you’ll need this summer

6 handy words & phrases every Long Victorian needs this summer No.6 "Bow wow mutton" Definition = 'A naval term referring to meat so bad it might be dog flesh'. McBow-wow-mutton burger, chips and a diet coke, please - can you supersize that? No.5 "Ark ruffians" Definition = ‘Rogues who robbed, and sometimes murdered, on… Continue reading 6 handy Victorian words & phrases you’ll need this summer