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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

Buzzard bait–this is such great old western slang.  As you imagine, it means a corpse, left out in the open.  Also, a dead or doomed person.  there’s only one reference in the Victorian period, 1851.  How can a writer resist using it though?  “The moment he confessed to cattle rustling, he was buzzard bait.”

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