Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue – Day Thirty-Nine

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

Bran-faced

Not the most politically correct of terms, although to be fair, this dictionary is over 200 years old, this is defined as “freckled, he was Christened by a baker, he carries the bran in his face”. I can’t find much mention of this term being used in print, so I’m guessing that it wasn’t particularly widespread. Probably not one that needs to be brought back into usage…