Monthly Archives: June 2016

The 185 Year Old Men

Snippets 77.  John Abernethy (1764-1831) was the author of one of the earliest popular books on medical science, published in 1809. It was not long before other authors began to hang on his coat-tails, and in 1830 Common Sense or … Continue reading

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Military Advice, 1783

Snippets 76.  In Snippets 66 we looked at a slang dictionary written by Francis Grose, a noted antiquarian who wrote a series of books about medieval antiquities. A writer on many themes, he also wrote about proverbs and superstitions and, … Continue reading

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A Todd of Wool

Snippets 75. The following quote is taken from The New British Jewel, or Complete Housewife’s Best Companion, published in 1788. It is a collection of cookery and other practical advice. Life seems very simple now in comparison with the following … Continue reading

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Board Game Tour of Britain (8)

#7 Portsmouth. We have a mission: to follow the route of an old 1940s board game around Great Britain, sticking to the instructions as closely as we possibly can. Along the way we will look at the history of the … Continue reading

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Houses on the Moon

Snippets 74.  During the first half of the 19th Century, a few noted astronomers made observations of the moon and concluded that it might be inhabited. The most notable of these was Franz von Gruithuisen from Bavaria, who believed he … Continue reading

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Board Game Tour of Britain (7)

Beachy Head.  We have a mission: to follow the route of an old 1940s board game around Great Britain, sticking to the instructions as closely as we possibly can. Along the way we will look at the history of the … Continue reading

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The First Slang Dictionary

Snippets 73.  If you try to find out what was the first ever English slang dictionary, the answer you will probably find (e.g. on Wikipedia) will be The Canting Academy, written in 1673 by Richard Head. He also wrote The … Continue reading

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