BUCK-FITCHES., old leacherous Fellows. Nathan Bailey, Universal Etymological English Dictionary (1756)
Ahni and Zoe’s recent release of the School Rocks Fast2Fab Album highlights the colorful nature of early English. This album will shock modern school children or at least their parents. It uses portions of Nathan Bailey’s dictionary from the 1700’s for the artwork and includes the following words: lecherous, beer, murder, kill, and WHORE (twice).
BULLY-HUFF, a poor sorry Rogue, that haunts Bawdy-Houses, and pretending to get Money out of Gentlemen and other, rattling and swearing the Whore is his Wife. Nathan Bailey, Universal Etymological English Dictionary (1756)
Given some of the language children today use on the playground, perhaps English hasn’t changed that much in the past 300 years.
BUNDLE-TAIL, a short, fat, or squat Lass. Nathan Bailey, Universal Etymological English Dictionary (1756)
To Ahni and Zoe’s credit, they have resolved these “issues with artwork” by sending out replacement pages. A better solution would be to prevent the problem from happening in the first place.
If you would like to learn more early English, Google has made available the 1756 edition of the Universal Etymological English Dictionary. While this is not the edition Ahni and Zoe used, many of the same words are included with the more colorful words grouped together in the back.