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Victorian Slang of the Week


Bamboozle—to fool or swindle—1781—used throughout the century, sometimes interchanged with “bamfoozle”.  “The traveling medicine man sold his tonic, bamfoozled the town, then left before they could get their money back”



  1. What a fun word! I’d forgotten it, but my mom used to use it. Thanks for the memory.

  2. Shelley says:

    Fun! This is not Victorian slang, and not my time period (the 1930’s), but I wanted to mention that I just read The Invisible Woman about Dicken’s illicit relationship with Ellen Ternan: the book was very well and carefully done.

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