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Mike Sheldon
Don't talk to me about reasonable, I don't DO reasonable!
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Mike Sheldon Apr 10
Replying to @1877WotD
Which has me wondering... This is a word from the time of Samuel Clemens, did it inspire the name of Tom Sawyer?
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1877 Word of the Day Mar 20
Crack "In a crack (of the finger and thumb)," in a moment
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1877 Word of the Day Mar 19
Chive A knife; a sharp tool of any kind. — Old Cant This term is especially applied to the tin knives used in gaols.
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1877 Word of the Day Mar 18
Stunner A first-rate person or article
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1877 Word of the Day Mar 17
White Wine The fashionable term for gin.
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1877 Word of the Day Mar 16
Snottinger A coarse word for a pocket-handkerchief.
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1877 Word of the Day Mar 15
Short Commons Short allowance of food
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Mike Sheldon Mar 14
Replying to @travellikeawil1
They are surprisingly comfortable, though it really shouldn't be that surprising. Roman soldiers wore these for a long time, covering huge distances on the march.
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1877 Word of the Day Mar 14
Pickles! Gammon; also a jeering and insulting exclamation.
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1877 Word of the Day Mar 13
Afternoon farmer (Eng.) One who puts off his work to the latest moment.
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1877 Word of the Day Mar 12
Enemy (English) Time, a'clock, the ruthless enemy and tell-tale of idleness; "what says the enemy?" i.e., how goes the time?
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1877 Word of the Day Mar 11
Bow-catcher, or kiss-curl A small curl twisted on the cheeks or temples of young—and often old—girls, adhering to the face as if gummed or pasted. Evidently a corruption of beau-catcher.
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1877 Word of the Day Mar 10
"GENTLEMAN OF FOUR OUTS" In Ireland when a vulgar, blustering fellow asserts that he is a gentleman, the retort generally is, "Yes, a gentleman of four outs—that is, without wit, without money, without credit, and without manners."
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1877 Word of the Day Mar 9
Admire (Am.) Is used by New Englanders in the sense of "wish." "I should admire to meet Mr. Jones."
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1877 Word of the Day Mar 8
Wooden overcoat A coffin.
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1877 Word of the Day Mar 7
Tax-eater (Am.) One who holds political office, elective or appointive; a feeder at the public crib.
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1877 Word of the Day Mar 6
Lallycooler One who is pre-eminently successful in his line; a "daisy," a "dandy," a "darling," a "lulu."
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1877 Word of the Day Mar 5
Hyper To bustle. "I must hyper about an' git tea."
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1877 Word of the Day Mar 4
Bags of mystery Sausages.
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1877 Word of the Day Mar 3
Lightning jerker A telegraph operator.
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