Gollup up, Gollumpus!

Hoddy doddy, all a*se and no body.

Snippets 167.  Francis Grose (1731-1791) was a noted antiquarian who wrote a series of books about medieval antiquities. Financial difficulties inspired him to branch out into other areas of writing, and in 1785 his A Classical Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue was published. Slang was a good choice of topic, as it would be entertaining and have a wide appeal. However, it stands as a useful record of the language in the 18th Century beyond the formal language studied by lexicographers. Previously we looked at some selected terms from letters A to F, so let’s continue with some examples beginnning with G and H, chosen (in the spirit of the original publication) for entertainment value as much as anything.

Galligaskins: breeches.

Gammon: to humbug, to deceive, to tell lies.  What rum gammon the old file pitched to the flat (how finely the knowing old fellow humbugged the fool).

Garret, or upper story: the head.  His garret, or upper story is empty, or unfurnished.

Gawkey: a tall, thin, awkward young man or woman.

Gentleman’s companion: a louse.

German duck: half a sheep’s head, boiled with onions.

Gingambobs: toys, bawbles.

Glass eyes: a nickname for one wearing spectacles.

Glimflashy: angry, or in a passion.

Gluepot: a parson, from joining men and women together in matrimony.

Go by the Ground: a little short person, man or woman.

Gollumpus: a large, clumsy fellow.

Gollup up: to drink down quickly.

Green gown: to give a girl a green gown (to tumble her on the grass, and pick the pins out of her frock).

Grimalkin: a cat.

Grog-blossom: a carbuncle, or pimple on the face, caused by drinking.

Grumbletonian: a discontented person, one who is always railing at the times or ministry.

Haddock: a purse.  A haddock stuffed with beans (i.e. a purse full of gold).

Hang an A*se: to hang back, hesitate.

Hard at his A*se: close after him.

Hatchway: the mouth.

Head rails: teeth.

Hearty Choak: he will have a hearty choak and caper sauce for breakfast (he will be hanged).

Hertfordshire Kindness: drinking twice to the same person.

Hobbledygee: a pace between a walk and a run, a dog-trot.

Hob or Nob: will you hob or nob with me?  A question formerly in fashion at polite tables, signifying a request or challenge to drink a glass of wine with the proposer.

Hoddy Doddy, all A*se and no Body: a short, clumsy person, either male or female.

Hodmandods: snails in their shells.

Hog Grubber: a mean, stingy fellow.

Hop-O’-My-Thumb: a diminutive person, man or woman.  She was such a hop-o’-my-thumb, that a pigeon, sitting on her shoulder, might peck a pea out of her a*se.

Hopper A*sed: having large projecting buttocks.

Hop the Twig: to run away.

Hugger Mugger: by stealth, privately, without making an appearance.  They spent their money in a hugger mugger way.

Hyp or Hip: a mode of calling to anyone passing by.  Hip, Michael, your head’s on fire (a piece of vulgar wit to a red haired man).

I would imagine that last one wore thin pretty quickly for 18th Century redheads.

With apologies for the vulgarities.  They made me laugh.


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2 Responses to Gollup up, Gollumpus!

  1. Loved this – thank you! Some days i just want to Hop-The-Twig – LOL!!

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