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Victorian Slang of the Week


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


blooming—damned, 1882.  Here’s another British term, but it does say it was rare in the U.S.  For all that, the dictionary has 7 references from the latter part of the century, so again, I have to wonder if this was the American “aristocracy” who used the word to sound more British.  Additionally it was a period in which the some of impoverished British nobility came to the U.S. looking for rich young women.  Again, this is just me speculating.


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