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  1. SWMODave

    There was language used that was unbecoming an Officer ...

    From Memorandum and Anecdotes - Christmas Eve at Vicksburg (Nothing like Christmas Eve to turn hardened old war veterans into big kids - so you have no excuse not to be a big kid tonight - Merry Christmas cwt)
  2. JPK Huson 1863

    A Pocket Translator For Your Delorean, Or, The Era Slang Of Our Ancestors

    " I don't know Maud, I'd hauch to split but he looks a real hawbuck to me. What a skezick! Last week he was hunkersliding, telling bouncers trying to bamboozle all the other flippers into believing he's nonesuch. " Gumshun, Bamboozle, Crook, Crank, By Gum, Lallagagging, Flummoxed, Squeal...
  3. JPK Huson 1863

    Girl Talk, Or, Our Bilingual Ancestors

    " You're shaking like a blancmange my dear creepmouse. I assure you, passementerie tassles on that dress would put you in a bad box. You can't gammon me your new husband isn't a banging big-bug. I don't see him cutting his stick before the ceremony at sight of you, with or without...
  4. JPK Huson 1863

    Period " I'm Your Huckleberry " , With Cake

    Huckleberry bush, with male field bunting. Huckleberries seem awfully close to blueberries although it's like eating an almost blueberry. Use seems to have faded since the war, robbing us of both recipes and idioms. " I'm a huckleberry over your persimmon ".... meant ' I'm a cut above you. Era...
  5. Belle Montgomery

    African Slave influence in American English

    Ready For A Linguistic Controversy? Say 'Mhmm' Engraving shows the arrival of a Dutch slave ship with a group of African slaves for sale, Jamestown, Virginia, 1619. (Hulton Archive/Getty Images) Hulton Archive/Getty Images Kumari Devarajan | NPR | August 17, 2018 Pop quiz: What's a word you...
  6. HeroesandRebels

    Civil War Slang

    I have been busy at work creating a historical fiction novel revolving around a young lady who grew up in Georgia and was about sixteen at the start of the Civil War. In this novel, her beau goes off to fight in the war for the Confederacy. I'm trying to make the language believable, and I need...
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