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Victorian Slang of the Week

Applecart—upset the apple cart—to knock violently to the ground, to spoil things. It seems to be used most often in terms of a fist fight—“Say it one more time and I’ll upset your apple cart, see if I don’t.”

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3 Comments

  1. carolyndee says:

    Dee, does this slang dictionary give the date each word or phrase entered the language? If it does, I HAVE to get a copy.

  2. Denise Eagan says:

    Oh absolutely. Not only the date the editor first found it in the books and reference materials he pored over, but the sentences it was used in, and later dates and references as well. Sometimes a phrase will appear once and then 50 years later appear in many different places. Sometimes it will appear for a period of 10 years and then it’s gone. And sometimes it will stick around for a long, long time.

    Here’s an example of a page:

    http://www.amazon.com/Random-House-Historical-Dictionary-American/dp/067943464X/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1265636683&sr=8-1#reader_067943464X

  3. carolyndee says:

    Dee, Thanks so much. I HAVE to have this book and put it on my wish list. Thanks for sharing!

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