This post is sponsored by FX. All thoughts are my own
The 19th Century was an interesting time. Empires collapsed, electronics were born, football and baseball were being created, and Doc Holliday was keeling over from Tuberculosis. The 19th century was a busy time, but that didn’t stop a little slang from emerging from all the hustle and bustle. To celebrate the premiere of FX Taboo, I’ve rounded up 19 of the most interesting 19th Century Slang terms.
- Apple Dumplin Shop- a woman’s chest
- Crinkum crankum- Vagina
- Back slang it- Run out the back door
- Bags’ O Mystery- Sausage
- Church Bell- a chatty woman
- Demanders for glimmer or fire, bawdy baskets, morts, autem morts, walking morts, doxies, delles, kinching morts, kinching goes- a group of women
- Doing the bear- hugging while dating
- Gas Pipes- tight pants
- Dilberries- (we are going to skip this one)
- Gilly Gaupus- A tall, lanky fellow
- Knuckle one’s wipe- steal someone’s handkerchief
- Melting moments- A fat man doing… ‘it’
- Mutton Shunter- Policeman
- Twiddle-Diddles- testicles
- Poked up- embarrassed
- Rain napper -umbrella
- Sauce Box- mouth
- Take the egg- win!
- Whopperups- Noisy singers
Source credit: Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue
Weren’t those interesting? Now when you get ready for the premiere of Taboo, if you hear any of those words (and I’m sure you will), you will know exactly what they mean.
Here’s what Taboo is all about:
Set in 1814, Taboo follows James Keziah Delaney, a man who has been to the ends of the earth and comes back irrevocably changed. Believed to be long dead, he returns home to London from Africa to inherit what is left of his father’s shipping empire and rebuild a life for himself. But his father’s legacy is a poisoned chalice, and with enemies lurking in every dark corner, James must navigate increasingly complex territories to avoid his own death sentence. Encircled by conspiracy, murder, and betrayal, a dark family mystery unfolds in a combustible tale of love and treachery.
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