19th Century Slang: 

Afternoonified: A society word meaning “smart.” 

Bang up to the Elephant: This phrase originated in London in 1882, and means “perfect, complete, unapproachable.”

Benjo:  Nineteenth century sailor slang for “A riotous holiday, a noisy day in the streets.”

Bellows to Mend: A person out of breath.

Bricky: Brave or Fearless

Bow Wow Mutton: 

A naval term referring to meat so bad “it might be dog flesh.”

Cat-heads: A woman’s breasts. Sea phrase.

Cop a Mouse: To get a black eye.

Church Bell: A talkative Woman.

Cupboard Love: Pretended love to the cook, or any other person, for the sake of a meal.

Daddles: A delightful way to refer to your boring hands. 

Don’t Sell me a Dog: Popular until the 1870′s- meaning “Don’t lie to me.”

Doing the Bear: Courting that involves hugging.

Door-Knocker: A type of beard “formed by the cheeks and chin being shaved leaving a chain of hair under the chin, and upon each side of mouth forming with a mustache.”

Earth Bath: A grave

Fimble-Famble: A lame, prevaricating excuse.

Fly Rink: A bald head. 

Follow-me-lads: Curls hanging over a lady’s shoulder.

Gas Pipes: Tight Pants. 

Gal Sneaker: A Man devoted to seduction.


An ugly person, especially one with a heavy lower jaw

Go by the Ground: A short person, man or woman. 

Half-Rats: Partially Intoxicated.

Jollocks: A Fat person. 

Make a Stuffed Bird Laugh: “Absolutely preposterous.”

Monkey With a Long Tail: A mortgage.

Month of Sundays: An indefinite period, a long time.

Muckender: A pocket handkerchief, snottinger.

Take the Egg: To Win. 

Rain Napper: Umbrella.

Rib: Wife.

Sauce Box: Mouth.

Sit-upons: Trousers.

Snooze-case: Pillow case. 


Betty Compson

Born: March 19, 1897

Died: April 18, 1974

Betty was an American actress and film producer. Most famous in silent films and early talkies, she is best known in her performances in ‘The Docks of New York’ and ‘The Barker’. She later earned a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Actress.


“I never lose my temper, because I hate scenes and I hate wasting time. Moreover I can’t bear to hurt anyone’s feelings.”

“As for cheerfulness, it’s the greatest tonic in the world. It makes one breathe well and deeply and helps one’s complexion, and a good complexion helps one’s appearance. The appearance is an asset in making friends, and having friends helps success. And while success doesn’t always bring happiness, it certainly goes a long way.”

– Maude Fealy

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