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Dictionaries on CompGen

If you do German research, there is a German website that you want to become familiar with, if you aren’t already. CompGen.de is the website of the Verein für Computergenealogie (Society for Computer Genealogy), a German genealogy group that has created a goldmine of free online information. 443 more words


origin of ‘Boxing Day’



“You arn’t the rigglar [= regular] dustman, blow ye! For a farden [= farthing], I’d blow your precious conk [= nose]!”
“I’m as good a dustman as you any day in the veek, my tulip!”

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origin of ‘moonraker’


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The word moonraker designates a native of the county of Wiltshire, in southern England.




The English antiquary and lexicographer Francis Grose (1731-91) explained the word in  555 more words


Vulgar Tongues ~ Décharné

Vulgar Tongues: An Alternative History of English Slang
Max Décharné

Available at libraries near me: Hartford Public Library, Library Connection consortium

Further information and reviews at… 310 more words


Seriously, it's all Greek — more adventures in dictionaries

It happened after a committee meeting for the Seattle Lesbian and Gay Chorus when we had devolved to chatting. I don’t remember exactly what was being discussed, but one of the women got upset when I used the word “gay” to refer to the entire community. 1,010 more words


to have bats in one’s belfry


THE GREATER HORSESHOE BAT, which inhabits belfries, derelict building and caves. It has powerful teeth for crunching the tough shells of beetles, and a wing-span of up to 14 ins.

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Anthony Burgess's lost dictionary of slang discovered

“The writer Anthony Burgess invented futuristic slang for his cult novel A Clockwork Orange and was so fascinated by the language of the street that he began work on a dictionary more than 50 years ago. 312 more words