Swear/Slang Words

Regency Blog
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Dickens - hell or damnation

These gentlemen are clearly cussing softly to each other. Swear Words used during the Regency period:‍ Swag bellied - fat and more!

It is so strange, but as the days creep past I find myself in need of a few old curse words.  

Gentlemen swearing at each other

These gentlemen are clearly cussing softly to each other.

Swear Words used during the Regency period:

  • Swag bellied - fat
  • Maggot pie - lowest of the low
  • Bally - a shortening of bollocks,  which means balls
  • Deuced - screwed over, damned
  • Dad - meaning God
  • Sard - *uck……………* = f
  • Blimey - oh shit
  • Berk - a tem for the c word %unt………% = c
  • Gosh - GOD
  • Crikey - WOW, I mean WOW!
  • Adventuress - whore
  • Ass - same as ever
  • Balls or ballocks- testicles
  • Bitch - meaning slutty and used for men and women
  • Bull - thought to be taboo because of how virile a gentleman cow is
  • Crap - shit
  • Strumpet - whore
  • Cherry - a maiden’s vagina
  • Dashed - damned
  • Cocksucker or cockchafer - you know this one
  • Imp - devil
  • Fool - idiot
  • Dad shamed - shamed by God
  • Macaroni - effeminate male
  • Damn - yep
  • clap - V.D. (Venereal Disease)
  • Devil - satan
  • Bloody - damn
  • Dickens - hell or damnation
  • Fuck - a very bad word
  • Dafted - dumb
  • Redneck - a poor person living in the country
  • Sodomite - a homosexual male
  • Necessary - the bathroom
  • Boat-licker meaning ass-kisser
  • Randy - feeling sexy
  • Fart-  as in,  I don’t give a fart
  • Blame - Damn
  • Tarnation - a popular sub for damnation
  • Contemptible - terrible, looked down upon
  • Horney - wanting the sex
  • Sit down upons - underpants
  • Inexpressibles - pants. It was not nice to speak of pants in public
  • Quim - vagina
  • Jesse - hell
  • Lick-finger or lick-spittle - kiss-ass
  • Knock up - get pregnant……..who knew how old school this term was…….not me
  • Nancy Boy - effeminate male
  • Limb - leg…….it was extremely bad taste to talk of the hidden body parts of the time
  • Piss - pee-pee
  • Twat - *unt
  • Whoremonger - a frequent whore visitor
  • Prick - small penis
  • Puss - self explanatory
  • Snatch - puss
  • Shit - poop
  • Urchin - disgusting
  • Tarnal- damn
  • Strumpet - a lady of the night
  • Scalawag - a worthless person
  • Huzzy - proud and apt to use the words on this list
  • Swow - cuss

References:

1865 Period Swear Words by Craig Hadley

Mind your language a very short history of swearing


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