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Victorian Slang of the Week


Bark—skin or scalp—1845—it seems to have been used in terms of a fight.  “We rolled around on the ground, and when it was over we were both missin’ some bark”  Also used in terms of “with the bark on” as in unvarnished truth, 1839, throughout the century.

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  1. Interesting use of a word that is also associated with a type of sailing vessel. In maritme history, a “Bark” was a ship in which her two forward masts (front of the ship) carry square sails and her aftermast carries fore-and-aft sails. It was a relatively fast ship compared with other designs.

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