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Victorian Slang of the Week


Volume 1, A-G, J.E.Lighter Editor


bloat—a worthless individual, often drunkard, 1855. The dictionary reference is from songs of the gold rush, so it’s possible it originated out West.  There are many references throughout the century


1 Comment

  1. Caroline Clemmons says:

    I wonder if bloke is a corrupted form of bloat?

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