Victorian Slang of the Week – Forty-guts and Forty-foot

Two insults today –

Forty-guts, vulgar term for a fat man.

Forty-foot, a derisive appellation for a very short person.

Forty-foot, well, that could used to describe me. There must be something especially amusing about the number forty.

Slang-Dictionary-1865-fortyguts

There’s also another word for toilet on this page –

Forakers, the closet of decency or house of office.- Term used by the boys at Winchester School.

I was looking up the reason for this, and it turns out Forakers is an old word to refer to part of a field, so their original loo was the field behind the school.

Happily through that search, I found this page with two excellent American insults on it – Foozle meaning fool and Fopdoodle, meaning a silly fellow – http://www.christianregency.com/regcant/A_dictionary_of_slang_jargon_cant-ed%20411.pdf

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