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Victorian Slang of the Week


Baldheaded—reckless, without forethought—1847, throughout the century.  It appears to have started in New England, may had been confined mostly to that area until later in the century.  It seems to be used most with the verb “go”. As in “he couldn’t make up his mind and decided to go at it baldheaded”  Alternate meaning, “snatch, grab or jerk baldheaded.”  To defeat thoroughly, thrash or beat up, to stun or amaze—1866, throughout latter part of the century

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