It’s Friday. Everyone’s nearly done with work. Time to get out The Penguin Dictionary of Historical Slang. And someone nip to the offy would you?

mizzard – the mouth

nantee narking – great fun

nutmegs – the human testicles

Palmer’s twister – a strychnine pill

kiss my parliament! – a rude phrase

to give a taste of plum – shoot someone with a bullet

pocket-thunder  – a breaking of wind

punchable nun – a harlot

get six quarter – to be sacked

translate the truth – to lie evasively


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