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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

butterfingered, butterfingers.  The first, clumsy, as in dropping things, goes as far back as 1615, but the first real written use seems to be 1877.  However, the latter, butterfingers, was used by Charles Dickens, apparently, in 1837.  I expect it was used throughout the period.  “Whenever she became nervous about something, she became butterfingered” and “Due to his clumsiness, he was nicknamed ‘Butterfingers'”

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