Word of the Week – Tosher

Yes, you read that right. This is for all of you who haven’t read Terry Pratchett’s Dodger, and for those of you who have and thought he was making the word up.

It’s an authentic Victorian word which refers to a person who scavenges in the sewers.  You can also find toshers mentioned very briefly in Jerry White’s London in the Nineteenth Century: ‘A Human Awful Wonder of God.’

This is the second time Terry Pratchett has had a mention and it’s because of the amazing words that he uses.  If you haven’t read Dodger yet it’s worth it just for the cool, archaic words that litter the pages.

If cool, archaic words are your thing, and you like a bit of historic slang you can download the 1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue here for free.  Who knew there were so many words for prostitute!


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