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What were Victorian swear words?

What were Victorian swear words?

Balls – shortened from ballocks.

  • Bootlicker – same as ass-licker.
  • Cherry – vulgar term for a young woman.
  • Quim – female genitalia.
  • Strumpet – a whore.
  • Blazes – hell or the devil.
  • Cussed – cursed or mean.
  • Dratted – expletive or used for damned.
  • What did Victorians call trousers?

    inexpressibles
    The Victorians were very squeamish about the word ‘trousers’. They called them their ‘inexpressibles’, ’round-me-houses’, and ‘sit-upons’.

    What did Victorians believe?

    Most Victorian Britons were Christian. The Anglican churches of England, Wales, and Ireland were the state churches (of which the monarch was the nominal head) and dominated the religious landscape (even though the majority of Welsh and Irish people were members of other churches).

    What was the attitude towards the poor in the Victorian era?

    For the early part of the Victorian era the predominant idea of poverty was that it was the individual’s responsibility to keep out of poverty. If he failed to do this it was assumed that the poverty was the fault of a character defect in the individual rather than as a result of economic forces beyond his control.

    Was the F word used in the 1800s?

    It was simply a direct and increasingly impolite word for sexual intercourse. Only in the early to mid-nineteenth century did it begin to be used non-literally, as most swearwords are, to insult and offend others, to relieve pain, and to express extremes of emotion, negative and positive.

    Why were pants worn so high?

    Men have the belt above the gut. Thus pants get higher as you age. When you get older your skin gets all loose and baggy which causes it to droop. The skin then droops over your hips so that when you come to pull up your pants you find that your hips have moved upwards or are no longer where they once were.

    What was wrong with the Victorians?

    The Victorians, especially poor ones, were at high risk of catching some nasty diseases. Most of the common killers – measles, scarlet fever, smallpox and typhus – had blighted Britain for centuries. Around one-third of children, and more than half in some poor neighbourhoods, died before they reached the age of five.

    Why were Victorians obsessed with death?

    As can be seen, up to the highest levels of society, the mourning ritual was pervasive. Another reason why the Victorians were so ritualistic in their methods of grieving is because death was simply a way of life due to the high mortality rates (Hunter).

    What did the Victorians cover up their furniture with?

    Victorians didn’t really cover up furniture legs. It is often said that the Victorians were so prudish that even table legs could be found offensive – all those long hard lengths and sexy curves, how shocking.

    Why did the Victorians laugh all the time?

    Yet this was also the age of comic greats – Dickens, Gilbert and Sullivan, Wilde and the musical hall stars Dan Leno and Vesta Tilley – and we know from the literature, songs, drama and graphic arts of the period that the Victorians loved to laugh. It was an essential component of good health.

    What did people look like in the Victorian era?

    The popular image of the Victorians is one of buttoned up social manners and table legs covered in cloths (in case the menfolk became overexcited). But there was far more lurking under the surface of Victorian society than the history books would have you think.

    Why did the Victorians have to hide their bodies?

    It’s an idea we picked up from the early 20th century and then, because it was flattering to imagine ourselves as so different from our poor buttoned-up, self-loathing ancestors, we refused to let it go.