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Mike Sheldon
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1877 Word of the Day 16h
By Jingo An oath or exclamation having no particular meaning, and no positive etymology, though it is believed by some that jingo is derived from the Basque jenco, the devil.
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1877 Word of the Day Jan 19
Circumbendibus A roundabout way, a long-winded story.
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1877 Word of the Day Jan 18
Ducks Trousers. Sea term. The expression most in use on land is “white ducks,” i.e., white pantaloons or trousers.
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1877 Word of the Day Jan 17
Dust Money; “down with the dust” put down the money—Ancient
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1877 Word of the Day Jan 16
Full Of beans Arrogant, purseproud. A person whom sudden prosperity has made offensive and conceited, is said to be too “full of beans.”
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1877 Word of the Day Jan 15
Gull To cheat, to deceive; also one easily cheated. From the easy manner in which the bird of that name is deceived.
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1877 Word of the Day Jan 14
Half-mourning To have a black eye from a blow. As distinguished from “whole-mourning,” two black eyes.
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1877 Word of the Day Jan 13
Jacked-up Ruined, done for. To jack-up is to leave off doing any thing suddenly.
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1877 Word of the Day Jan 12
Job Johnson describes job as a low word, without etymology. It is, and was, however, a cant word; and a job, two centuries ago, was an arranged robbery. At the present day it is mainly confined to the streets, in the sense of employment for a short time.
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1877 Word of the Day Jan 11
Knocker-face An ugly face, i.e., like an old-fashioned door-knocker.
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1877 Word of the Day Jan 10
Lushington A drunkard, or one who continually soaks himself with lush. Some years since there was a LUSHINGTON CLUB in Bow Street, Covent Garden.
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1877 Word of the Day Jan 9
Nibs (English) Self. His nibs, means any one who may be referred to. As, “ I told his nibs,” or “ stag his nibs.” “Your nibs,” yourself.”
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1877 Word of the Day Jan 8
Pill-box A doctor’s carriage.
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1877 Word of the Day Jan 7
Quizzing-glass An eyeglass. This was applied to the old single eye glass, which was not stuck in the eye, as now, but was held in the hand.
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1877 Word of the Day Jan 6
Ripping Excellent, very good. Equivalent to “stunning.”
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1877 Word of the Day Jan 5
Rusty guts A blunt, rough, old fellow. Corruption of RUSTICUS.
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1877 Word of the Day Jan 4
Squiffy Slightly inebriated.
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1877 Word of the Day Jan 3
Twist (English) Capacity for eating, appetite; “ He's got a capital twist."
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1877 Word of the Day Jan 2
Yard of clay A long, old-fashioned tobacco pipe; also called a churchwarden.
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1877 Word of the Day Jan 1
Tiffin A breakfast.—Anglo-Indian Slang.
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