Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue – Day 204

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….

Master of the Mint

There aren’t many puns in Grose’s dictionary, but this is one of them, defined as “a gardener”. Used from the late eighteenth to mid nineteenth century, it’s a play on words of the financial job within Government at the Royal Mint.