Victorian Slang for Sophronia in Waistcoats & Weaponry (Finishing School Special Extras)

1811 Slang for Sophronia

  • Taradiddle ~ A fib, or falsity.
  • Quirks and quillets ~ Tricks and devices.
  • To milk the pigeon ~ To endeavor at impossibilities.
  • Sacheverel ~ The iron door, or blower, to the mouth of a stove.
  • Grumbletonian ~ A discontented person.
  • Jerrycummumble ~ To shake, towzle, or tumble about.
  • Rum ogles ~ Fine eyes.
  • A blowsabella ~ A woman whose hair is disheveled, and hanging about her face.
  • Clanker ~ Big lie
  • Gilflurt ~ A proud minks, a vain capricious woman

~ 1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue

“One of the great intelligence services of the nineteenth century in Europe was maintained not by a government but by a private firm, the banking house of Rothschild.”
“It was rumored that some of the Rothschild “scoops” were obtained by the use of carrier pigeons.”
“…one of the Rothschilds, immobilized in Paris when the city was surrounded by Germans in the Franco-German War of 1870, used balloons and possibly also carrier pigeons to communicate with the outside world. The world heard of the armistice ending the war through this means, rather than through conventional news channels.”
~ The Craft of Intelligence: America’s Legendary Spy Master on the Fundamentals of Intelligence Gathering for a Free World by Allen W. Dulles

{What is Gail’s Book Group reading for October? Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers. Next month is Waistcoats & Weaponry.}


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“… Waistcoats & Weaponry keeps the humor of the previous two books, but adds more complex relationships and plotting to the mix.”

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