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Victorian Slang of the Week

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

 

bloody—damned, from the 18th century on.  Seeing this in the American slang dictionary threw me, because I consider it mostly British slang.  I would imagine it’d be around through the 18th century, but not into the 19th.  The references do, however, appear to be mostly nautical from the East coast.  As I recall many of the East coast elite copied the British, especially the British nobility, so it may be possible it was used in those circles quite a bit, but not in the lower echelons of society or out west.  This, however, is just my speculation and I don’t have anything to back it up.

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