DO you know a pudding-headed fellow with a double jugg who likes a bushel bubby? Back in 18th Century Britain, the man in the street would know you were referring to a twit with a big bum who fancies Jordan. The Vulgar Tongue - a dictionary of slang originally published in so posh folk knew what the lower orders were on about - has just been re-published. Admiral of the narrow seas: A drunk who throws up in someone's lap. Fortunately, John Thompson's still just a Captain. Babes in the wood: Criminals in the stocks or pillory - not a nature shoot for the latest lad's mag.
The challenges that colonists faced and the values they held as they settled on unfamiliar land. Colonial settlers came to America for many reasons. Some came for religious freedom. Some came to make money. There were other scattered colonies like St. Augustine in what is now known as Florida.
As letters became more and more popular as a means of communication, guides sprang up accordingly about just how one was to write a letter, what was proper, and what was out of the question. Many Victorian conventions shine through the guides, and are a valuable way of understanding certain tensions in nineteenth century England, such as a certain "artful artlessness" that came about as the result of the urge to speak from the heart, but never more than was proper. For men, they advocated as plain paper as could be made available, and for women a light spritz of perfume was sometimes acceptable.
In , I started the groundwork for a book on pirate surgeons. See, they wrote differently back then and it can be a real adventure trying to figure out what's being said. I am reprinting it here for you. For those of you are seriously contemplating doing such a thing, I recommend seeking both a different web page and a very good psychologist.