Talk Dirty to Me
Slang. Cant. Vulgar speech.
A rose by any other name . . .would it smell as sweet as Shakespeare claims, or would it wither and die as Peter O'Toole maintained in My Favorite Year?
I love language. I love my copy of the OED. I love the Online Etymology Dictionary (even though it tortures me by telling me that so many wonderful words are off limits). I spent years and years (before the internet, don’t ya know) searching for a copy of The Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue. I’d fallen in love with it at my godmother’s house, and never been able to locate a copy. Finally, by change, I found one at a local used book
Want to go beyond that? Try the 1736/7 (I see different dates listed) The Universal Etymological English Dictionary. It’s full of juicy words.
Got a military hero? Don’t we all . . . how about doling out a bit of military slang from the Napoleonic wars?
Or perhaps you’re writing a political hero. A reformer. An MP. You could put Piggot's Political Dictionary (1795) to good use.
Need a quote? A theme for a conversation? Try out the search functions over at Bartlby.
How about you? Do you have a favorite source for the obscure?