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Victorian Slang of the Week


I’ve had a hard time finding expressions of astonishment or distaste or whatever.  So today we have “carry me”.  It’s used both as 1) “carry me back” generally to a place, a state, maybe a country, and is used for astonishment or disgust.  “Well if that’s the way people are treated out this way, then carry me back to ole Virginny”.  1877 2) carry me out has the same definition, but it is more in reference to being struck dead by astonishment.  In other words, “carry me out and bury me decently.” 1857


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