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Victorian Slang of the Week

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

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

This one floored me when I found it, because if feels so contemporary:

Bust a cap: fire a bullet, also bust caps.  Engage in battle.  There are two references, and both appear to be from the Civil War era, so it probably came from that period, and is something a Civil War soldier is most likely to use.   Also, snap a cap.

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One Response

  1. Definitely sounds like soldier slang.

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