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Victorian Slang of the Week

Webster_collegiate_11[1]Faze–to disturb the composure of, disconcert, daunt, 1830

I admit, this isn’t really slang.  At least it doesn’t show up in either of my slang dictionaries, but when I first read it in Mark Twain’s A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court (1889) I was shocked.  I always thought this word was a 20th century creation, but apparently not.  So it’s today’s slang, because it is to me!  The definition comes from my computer version of Webster’s 11th Collegiate Dictionary


One Response

  1. That does sound like a very 20th century word, Denise!

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