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Victorian Slang of the Week

Battery—a hand gun—1870.  This was a Western term, used, I would hazard to guess, instead of “barker.”  Most of the references are from the 1870’s

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2 Comments

  1. I just love this slang feature on your blog. Please keep doing it!

  2. H Hinson says:

    I’m a reenactor, and I’ve always heard “battery” applied to CANNONS, not handguns.

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