Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue – Day 239

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 word is defined by Grose as “a butler” and is from the same derivative as the word ‘pantry’, so it means someone who is in charge of the bread and the entire pantry.

And the word has slowly, but surely, fallen out of usage over the last century. There are though a few cafes around the world with this name, normally those specialising in breads and cakes.