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….
This is quite a charming word, defined by the dictionary as “a parson: from joining men and women together in matrimony”. The word wasn’t in usage much, from the late eighteenth-century into the mid-nineteenth century. What I prefer though is that in the United States, and some other countries, this same word evolved in the twentieth-century to mean a pub. The logic here was that it’s a place that people would want to get stuck in. Now, I very much like that and I will do what I can to use this in reference to my favourite pubs…..