Tag Archives: Dictionaries

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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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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Slang in the 1780s

Snippets 66.  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 his first such publication was A Classical Dictionary of … Continue reading

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