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Regency Slang – Section B

I found this list of vocabulary and slang from The Regency Assembly Press, here. I’m only picking a few excerpts, so visit their site for the full list. Bacon Fed–Fat, greasy. Back Gammon Player–A sodomite. Back Door (Usher, or Gentleman … Continue reading

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Regency Slang – Section A

I found this list of vocabulary and slang from The Regency Assembly Press, here. I’m only picking a few excerpts, so visit their site for the full list. A Crush–A very successful party where there is no room to circulate. … Continue reading

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Oblong Man Weds Normal Woman

Just a quick one today. I heard this story on an episode of QI (series “N”, episode “News”). In the 1970s, an Illinois newspaper the Bloomington Pantagraph ran a headline titled “Oblong Man Weds Normal Woman“. What they were referring to was … Continue reading

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The Largest Paper in All Creation

I found this story on an episode of QI (series N, episode “New”). The largest newspapers ever created were published between 1841-41. They were known as “blanket sheets”, “mammoth newspapers” and “leviathan newspapers”, and were constructed out of a single sheet … Continue reading

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New Found Land

I heard this story on an episode of QI (series N, episode “New”). Apparently the official pronunciation of Newfoundland is not what we think. Instead of pronouncing it NOO-f’nd-l’nd, as we are accustomed to do, it’s pronounced noo-f’nd-LAND. This was such a … Continue reading

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Victorian Snark Theatre 3000: The Raven

It’s time for another installment of Victorian Snark Theatre 3000! And this time we’ll be discussing The Raven (2012). As you guys know, I watch a lot of shitty Victorian-inspired films with my good friend @VictorianMasculinity (whose blog can be … Continue reading

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Henry Spencer Ashbee, Porn Bibliographer

I don’t remember where I first heard about Henry Spencer Ashbee (1834-1900), but he was an avid collector of books (most avidly collecting works of Cervantes . . . and porn), and was part of a loose collective of writers … Continue reading

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