Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue – Day 126

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….

Flying Pasty

The dictionary is certainly keeping its vulgarness here, this phrase is defined as “sirreverence wrapped in paper and thrown over a neighbour’s wall”. ‘Sirreverence’ is a word no longer in usage, meaning ‘save any reverence’, or a vulgar term, which in this instance is meant to mean defecation. What a wonderful place eighteenth-century Britain must have been……