Victorian Slang of the Week–claret

Volume 1, A-G, J.E.Lighter Editor
Volume 1, A-G, J.E.Lighter Editor

claret–blood, especially in boxing. This is a term that for some reason I generally associate with the Regency era in England. However, it appears to have been used quite a bit in the U.S., from 1831 on. Also, claret jug, which is the bleeding nose, first mentioned in 1859, but I expect it was used earlier.

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