|Slang City Mail|
|December 11, 2008|
Slang of the Week: to lead apes in hell (verb phrase)
I recently got lost in some quaint and curious volumes of forgotten lore (to borrow a phrase from Edgar Allen Poe) looking for especially peculiar lingo. For example, a bad actor in the nineteenth century got the big bird (was hissed at) whereas a good one might be have labeled galopshus (great). A hundred years before that, huckle my buff was a noxious concoction made from hot beer, brandy and eggs (noxious to me--I believe it was supposed to taste good.)
But the most interesting weird words I found were good for insults, and since I found quite a few, I put them into a new quiz on antique putdowns for the Slang City website. Hopefully, this collection of oddities will give you some ammunition to secretly ridicule any annoying relatives you might have to spend time with over the holidays!