Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue – Day 174

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….

Kent-Street Ejectment

This term is defined by Grose as “to take away the street door: a method practised by the landlords in Kent Street, Southwark, when their tenants are above a fortnight’s rent in arrear”. Kent Street is now better known as Tabard Street, which had its fair share of slum housing and where the poorest were taken advantage of, something which has perhaps not changed much over the centuries. Anyway, I suppose taking the door off is a pretty effective way of making someone feel unsafe and uncomfortable, but things must have got pretty bad given that the area became known for it.