Monday, 22 October 2012

A Delicious Dictionary of Eighteenth Century slang

Taken from Francis Grose's 1785 "The Vulgar Tongue"
Admiral of the narrow seas- One who from drunkenness vomits into the lap of the person sitting opposite him. Seaphrase.
Adam's Ale- Water
Abbess, or Lady Abbess- a bawd, the  mistress of a brothel
Amen Curler- a parish clerk
Amusers- rogues who carried snuff or dust in their pockets which they threw into the eyes of any person they intended to rob; and running away, their accomplices (pretending to pity and assist the half-blinded person) took that opportunity of plundering him
Apple Dumplin shop- a woman's bosom
Autem Cackle Tub- a conventicle or meeting house for dissenters. Cant.
Autem Dippers- Anabaptists. Cant.
Autem Quavers- Quakers. Cant.

Friday, 19 October 2012

Application of the death penalty in the Eighteenth Century

January 20th 1756
Yesterday the sessions ended at the Old Bailey, when the three following persons received sentence of death. viz. Andrew Brinkworth for forgery, Alexander Thompson for not surrendering himself being declared a bankrupt, and John Boswell,a thieftaker, for robbing Frederick Lenard near Devonshire Square. Twenty eight to be transported, two to be whipped and three branded.