Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue – Day 128

The Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue was first published at the end of the eighteenth century, and given that the current health crisis is giving too much time to read books, I thought I’d pick a daily word from it until I got bored….

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The dictionary says “he whose wife accompanies him to the alehouse”. I’m not sure that I can add much here, although there’s something that reminds me of the Andy Capp cartoon series. I have no idea about the logic behind this word, unless it means that it’s something done by the wealthy, or freehold land-owners.