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Victorian Slang of the Week–chick

chick: formerly chicken. A man. 1853, with lots of references. “This chick, here, can shoot straighter than any soldier I know.” Interestingly, the way it’s used today, in reference to a woman, didn’t come into use until the 20th century, when this manner went out of use.

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2 Comments

  1. Thanks for this one, Denise. Funny how some words completely changed meaning, isn’t it?

  2. Denise Eagan says:

    It really is kind of wild following slang through history and seeing how words with one meaning turned into something else entirely, and then that meaning became standard English. If I had a whole ‘nother lifetime to live, I’d immerse myself in it!

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