‘The Penguin Dictionary Of Historical Slang’ Is Full Of Hilarious Insults From The 1930s

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It’s no shocker that back in the day they had a different sense of humor and a much different way of saying things. What was most notable about the 1930s was their slang and other insults of the time period. Journalist @MichaelPDeacon on Twitter came across the Penguin Dictionary of Historical Slang and just had to share the wealth with everyone else.

Some of the hilarious slang included “firkytoodling,” “gay as a goose in a gutter,” and “arse-foot.” People all over the Internet are erupting with laughter and also confusion as to why we ever got rid of these amazing words. Feast your eyes, ladies and gentlemen.

*Warning: Some of the following includes graphic language. Read at your own risk.*

So many beautiful old words and phrases that are ripe for revival pic.twitter.com/XDFz8tnvCo

— Michael Deacon (@MichaelPDeacon) August 12, 2018

Let’s go through the list, shall we?

  1. “Shit in your teeth!” otherwise known as, “a retort on disagreement.”
  2. “Shit through one’s, or, the teeth,” When used in a sentence? “Have you got a padlock on your arse, that you shite through your teeth?”
  3. “Shit not far behind that,” otherwise known as, “evoked by a noisy breaking of wind.”
  4. “Shitten look,” otherwise known as, “To look as if one needed to defecate.”

I’m getting the feeling that “shit” was a popular word back in the day.

We've got to bring back firkytoodle pic.twitter.com/lECkAHpXWM

— Michael Deacon (@MichaelPDeacon) August 13, 2018

“Firkytoodling,” apparently meant to, “indulge in physically intimate endearments, especially in those provocative caresses which constitute the normal preliminaries to sexual congress.” Was the word “intercourse” just not a thing yet?

Apparently a "gammoner" was someone with the ability to con lots of people pic.twitter.com/cawoov2Xin

— Michael Deacon (@MichaelPDeacon) August 13, 2018

“Gammoner,” otherwise known as, “one who talks nonsense or humbug; a specious or ulterior deceiver.” So many people pop into my mind when I think of the word “gammoner.” Good one, 1830.

Poetry pic.twitter.com/GByTzJLd3u

— Michael Deacon (@MichaelPDeacon) August 12, 2018

Oh, another list! Let’s.

  1. “Arse!” literally just means, “I don’t know!” Classic.
  2. “Arse if it was loose, he would lose his.” This means, “said of a careless person.”
  3. “Arse-worm,” a term to describe, “a little diminutive fellow.”
  4. And the fan favorite, “arse-foot”, which means, “A penguin, because it’s feet are placed so far back.” Yes, a penguin. Like the animal.

Very gay indeed pic.twitter.com/QFHUVxCc8K

— Michael Deacon (@MichaelPDeacon) August 13, 2018

And the favorite “gay as a goose in a gutter” which has the very simple and sweet definition of, “very gay indeed.”

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