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Slang, Euphemisms, and Terms for the 1700 and 1800s – Letter T

By Geri Walton | January 27, 2014

The following slang, euphemisms, and terms are for the letter T, and primarily taken from Francis Grose’s Classical Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue published in 1811.

Hat Fashions for March 1898: Some of the Popular Styles

By Geri Walton | January 24, 2014

Hats were worn year round by Victorians and so hat fashions for March 1898 appealed to women such as Hubertine Auclert, Esther Howland, Olivia Twain, Nellie Bly, and Consuelo Vanderbilt. That was partly because, according to The Delineator, a women’s magazine founded by the Butterick Publishing Company in 1869, the cold winter was giving way…

Ailments, Complaints, and Diseases in the 1700 and 1800s

By Geri Walton | January 23, 2014

Common ailments, complaints, and diseases were a mystery in the eighteenth and nineteenth century. Physicians were often baffled and did not have a clear understanding of microorganisms or how diseases were transmitted. They believed in the longstanding central principle of Western medicine, known as the Humoral theory, which believed in balancing the four humors—blood (sanguine),…

Tea History in the United Kingdom

By Geri Walton | January 22, 2014

Tea was not always a part of English history. However, it was destined to become a part once a small ad ran in 1658 in one of London’s weekly newspapers called the Mercurius Politicus. The newspaper announced the sell of the “China Drink called by the Chineans, Tcha, by other Nations Tay alias Tee ……

Crossing Sweepers: Children and Adults

By Geri Walton | January 20, 2014

In exchange for a gratuity, crossing sweepers swept a path — known as a “broom” walk — ahead of pedestrians as they walked down the street. A job as a crossing sweeper was one step above being considered a beggar and the last chance for an individual to earn an “honest crust.” Those who performed…

Slang, Euphemisms, and Terms from the 1700 and 1800s – Letter S (Sq-Sz)

By Geri Walton | January 17, 2014

The following slang, euphemisms, and terms are for the letter S, from Sq to Sz, and primarily taken from Francis Grose’s Classical Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue published in 1811.

Phrenology: A Head’s Bumps and Indentations

By Geri Walton | January 16, 2014

Originally known as cranioscopy, phrenology was a revolutionary pseudoscience that determined personality and the development of mental and moral faculties based on the external shape of the skull and its size. Franz Joseph Gall, a German physiologist, neuroanatomist, and pioneer in mental functions in the brain, discovered this in 1796 when he examined people’s heads…

Climbing Boys of the 1700 and 1800s

By Geri Walton | January 14, 2014

A climbing boy, also known as a chimney sweep, was an occupation some children performed during the 1700 and 1800s. Climbing boys were frequently orphans and as young as three years old. Small size was a requirement for chimney sweeps, and for that reason many climbing boys outgrew their job by the time they were…

Slang, Euphemisms, and Terms of the 1700 and 1800s-Letter S (Si-Sp)

By Geri Walton | January 13, 2014

The following slang, euphemisms, and terms are for the letter S, from Si-Sp, and primarily taken from Francis Grose’s Classical Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue published in 1811.

Hackney Coaches or Cabs: Their History

By Geri Walton | January 10, 2014

Hackney coaches, which were the idea of a man named Captain Bailey, were originally one-horse chaises. The term was once believed to have been derived from the French word “haquenée” but is now thought to have originated from the London village of “Hackney.” Eventually, nobility began to rent out their outdated and unneeded coaches, often…