Regency Words: Quiz

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  Grose’s Classical Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue, 1823 The term quiz didn’t start appearing in cant dictionaries until the 19th century. I found the usage of quiz to mean an odd fellow in a Maria … Continue

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 … Continue