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.
Sauce Box: Mouth.
Snooze-case: Pillow case.