Category Archives: 18th Century

Tip us your Daddle

Snippets 130. 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 … Continue reading

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Breaking Wind

Snippets 127.  Today’s quote is taken from Voyages to the East Indies, by Dutch explorer John Splinter Stavorinus (1798): The king, who was addressed by the title of Touang Sultan, or My Lord the King, appeared to me to be … Continue reading

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A Lesson in Life

Snippets 109.  Colley Cibber (1671-1757) is a name that will be unfamiliar to many today, but in his day he was very well known as a playwright. Unfortunately, despite being Poet Laureate, his reputation was for being a particularly bad … Continue reading

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You Carbuncle Faced Crusty Beau!

Snippets 107. Way back in Snippets 66 we looked at A Classical Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue, by Francis Grose, first published in 1785. Grose (1731-1791) was a noted antiquarian who wrote a series of books about medieval antiquities. Financial … Continue reading

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Glorious Murmurations

Ramblings 5.  We are blessed to live in a rural area, where a countryside walk is never far away.  With winter upon us it is tempting to shut ourselves away from the cold, assuming that nature has no wonders for … Continue reading

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October Gardening, 1788

Snippets 95.  In Snippets 93 we looked at some gardening advice for September, from The New British Jewel, or Complete Housewife’s Best Companion, published in 1788, a collection of recipes and other practical information. Reflecting a time where people had … Continue reading

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Rubbing Furniture with Eels

Snippets 94. For the last couple of snippets we have been looking at The New British Jewel, or Complete Housewife’s Best Companion, published in 1788, a collection of recipes and other practical information. We will return to this book in … Continue reading

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