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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

calaboose–a jail or lockup. Starting as early as 1782, but used often throughout the entire 19th century. Also as a verb. “Jerry’s drinking spree ended in a fight, which sent him to sleep it off in the calaboose. The police officer would have “calaboosed” Jerry.

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