The phrase (as) happy (or jolly) as a sandboy means extremely happy or carefree.
A sandboy was a boy hawking sand for sale. It seems that the earliest use of the word is… 1,000 more words
Punch was a British weekly magazine of humour and satire established in 1841 by Henry Mayhew and engraver Ebenezer Landells. Historically, it was most influential in the 1840s and 1850s, when it helped to coin the term “cartoon” in its modern sense as a humorous illustration. 54 more words
On the 28th March 1881 Susan Willis Fletcher was found guilty of obtaining a quantity of jewellery by means of deception and fraud, through the practise of spiritualism. 584 more words
A common periwinkle (Littorina littorea) shell
I’ve been analyzing a series of samples from a large post-medieval soakaway/ cesspit feature associated with a house on the margin of the City of London. 416 more words