Tag Archives: Mary Marshall

Look out! Here comes a lino print!…

But first… Dulltown, UK/Europe: Today’s very old expletive is, By the Mackins! My book on swearing (Bozzimaccoo: Origins & Meanings of Oaths and Swear Words by Mary Marshall [1975]) says it is, ‘Early, (a) rather uncouth corruption of Marry or … Continue reading

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Excuse me, is this the right shop?…

But first… Dulltown, UK: Today’s fine old expletive is – Bugger!… ‘Originally, to call someone a Bugger meant simply that you thought he/she was a heretic. The word comes from Bulgar, after an 11th c. sect of Bulgarian heretics.’ From … Continue reading

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Feet have worn the paint off the domes…

But first… Dulltown, UK: Today’s very old oath, (with local connections) is: From Hell, Hull and Halifax Good Lord Deliver Us! ‘In the medieval wool town of Halifax anyone who stole goods worth 13-1/2 pence or more was executed on … Continue reading

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Crush’s characters…

But first… Dulltown, UK: Today’s charming Victorian London expletive is ‘by my precious sparklers!’ – from Pierce Egan’s Life in London of 1821, which quotes a couple of ‘undesirable’ females, one Dirty Suke and one Squinting Nan who was often … Continue reading

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My personal details (Part two)…

But first… Dulltown, UK: Today’s 18th c. expletive is Gadso! – which looks at first as if it could be a corruption of God save me, but according to Bozzimacoo: Origins & Meanings of Oaths and Swearwords by Mary Marshall … Continue reading

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A short rant about being funny…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s fine 17th c. English expletive is ‘Zauns!…’ A couple of lines from Farquhar’s play of 1698, Love in a Bottle: Squire Mockmode: (having taken some snuff) Zauns, I must sneeze. (sneezes) Bless me… Rigadoon: Oh … Continue reading

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Some misheard song lyrics over the hubbub of the noisy cafe…

But first… Dulltown, Europe: Today’s early 19th c. expletive is ‘Blow me tight!’ From Pierce Egan’s Life in London of 1821 via Bozzimacoo: Origins and Meanings of Oaths & Swearwords (1975) by Mary Marshall. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> ‘Oh-ee-oh, Oh-ee-oh…’ ‘Plant form, want … Continue reading

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