Regency Words: Cuckold

A Classical Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue, 1796 Derived from the Cuckoo bird’s habit of laying its eggs in other birds’ nests and leaving the other bird to rear its offspring, the word cuckold appears to originate in a poem from 1250.  Chaucer also used it to good effect in the 14th Century prose “The Miller’s Tale” and Shakespeare frequently employed the term. Meant to … Expand

Regency Words: Betting Lingo

The lingo of betting in the Regency was heavily influenced by cant, with lots of colorful ways to describe infamous activities. Here are a few plucked from the pages of the Lexicon Balatronicum (1823).

Regency Lexicon: Bamboozle

There is no clear history for the word bamboozle, a popular slang to describe a hoax, fib or confusion of a person.  There are some wonderful suggestions of the history, as pointed to below…and regardless, its a fun and funny word that has a delicious onomatopoeic quality.   bamboozle (v.) 1703, originally a slang or cant word, perhaps Scottish from bombaze “perplex,” related to bombast, … Expand