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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.

Gib-Face: 

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. 

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Geneviève “Ginette” Lantelme

Born: May 20, 1883

Died: July 24, 1911

A French stage actress, socialite, fashion icon, and courtesan. Considered by her contemporaries to be one of the most beautiful women of the Belle Epoque.

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