Victorian Slang Word of the Week – Unutterables

“Unutterables”, “Inexpressibles”, “Unwhisperables” – what do you think they might be referring to?

In what seems excessively modest even for the Victorians, it means “trousers”. God knows what they called their underpants.

Nb. On this page there’s also “Vardo”, meaning to see, which obviously developed into the Polari word “Vada”.

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3 Responses

  1. Nic Barton says:

    Clued as “trousers (12)” in Guardian Quick Crossword 14,171, 9th October 2015, to much the consternation in the comments section!

  2. Estelle says:

    Haha, I enjoyed those comments – btl for crosswords seems like the place to be. Agree, is a bit obscure for a crossword, but I do love it!

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