Let’s Bring Back the Classical Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue
Francis Grose, author of Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue

Let’s Bring Back the Classical Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue

I’ve always been a bit of a secret potty mouth, so I’m a fan of Francis Grose who hit the seedy bars and sordid underworld of gritty late 18th century London with an assistant to find colorful entries for his dictionary.

His Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue in 1785 was a clap back at Dr. Samuel Johnson’s 1755 Dictionary of the English Language. Hint: one is a lot more fun to read than the other.

And while some of Grose’s finds have made it to the 21st century (henpecked, to screw), there are others that deserve to make a comeback.

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