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Say What? Talking Trash Through the Ages

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  • 12:30 pm  | 
  • Wired November 2011

History is full of silver-tongued scoundrels. So if you find yourself in a 19th-century battle of wits, best not to bring a dagger to a musket fight. The solution for any quantum leaper: Jonathon Green’s new book, Green’s Dictionary of Slang, a 6,200-page lexicon spanning more than half a millennium. Try one of these gems out as you sail through time, you beef-witted dunnigan.

1550-1600
Chafe-littern.
An impudent, cheeky person

Beef-witted adj. Stupid, simple

1600-1650
Lerrycometwangn.
A fool, a simpleton

1650-1700
Shabberoon n.
A shabby person

Sir Posthumous Hobbyn.
An obsessive dandy

1800-1850
Dismal jimmyn.
A miserable, gloomy person

Abstractionist n.
A pickpocket

1750-1800
Gollumpusn.
A large, loutish, uncoordinated person

Abrahamern.
A tramp

1700-1750
Demi-repn.
A woman of doubtful reputation

1850-1900
Fhawknern.
A thief who steals poultry

Cakey-pannum fencern.
A street-seller of pastries

1900-1950
Dunnigann.
One who hangs around restrooms, hoping to steal

Crow mcgeeadj.
No good, unreal, false

1950-2000
Flaba-flabaadj.
Good-for-nothing

Oxygen thief n.
A completely worthless person

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