56 Quick Slang Phrases From Victorian England That We Should Start Using Again

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Hey, I got a question for you: Ever established a funk while narking the titter? How about shake a flannin—ever do that after too many tiddle-a-winks? I bet you don’t even umble-cum-stumble me. So typical. Oh, and let’s bring these phrases back.

1. Afternoonified – smart, for society people.

2. Arfarfan’arf – what we’d call a drunk man.

3. “Bags o’ mystery” – sausages (naturally).

4. Bootlicker – ass-licker.

5. “Bow bow mutton” – very bad meat, so much so that “it might be dog flesh.” i.e. a McDonald’s hamburger.

6. “Butter upon bacon” – extravagance, luxury.

7. Chuckaboo – your BFF.

8. Collie Shangles – squabbles or quarrels.

9. “Doing the bear” – flirting with someone via hugging, or how a dude with little game might court a woman.

10. “Don’t sell me a dog!” – “Don’t lie to me!”

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