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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

Caesar, as in Great Caesar’s Ghost–an exclamation of shock and alarm. First written occurrence in the dictionary was from Mark Twain’s Roughin’ It 1871. The second was from Tom Sawyer, 1876, so it’s possible Twain started it.  It was quoted in another source by 1883, however.

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  1. I enjoy these bits about slang. Thanks for sharing.

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