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Cursory History of Swearing, A

Cursory History of Swearing, A
Catalog # SKU3250
Publisher TGS Publishing
Weight 1.00 lbs
Author Name Julian Sharman
ISBN 10: 1610336119
ISBN 13: 9781610336116


A Cursory History
of Swearing

Large Print

Julian Sharman

The son of discord- Origin of swearing- Decline of lying as an art- Growth of swearing as a science- The military oath- Religious oath -John the Marshall Fustian oaths- Legislation begins- George Fox and Margaret- Fell Oath of the King-Maker- Oath of the Bear-garden.

New Edition, Large Print 14 point font



It lay in the heart of Bohemia. It was approached through a labyrinth of streets that grew denser and darker as one neared the precincts of the club. Could any of the brother Scufflers have seen the neighbourhood by day, it would have presented an appearance dismal and sordid enough. Dealers in faded wardrobes,-merchants in tinsel and rouge de thèâtre,-retailers of wigs and fleshings and all manner of stage wares, seemed one with another to have made the locality their home.

One missed certainly the bone-sellers and refuse-sifters of the adjacent Clare Market, and one was spared the cheap cosmetic shops and smug undertakers of the neighbouring Soho. But you were recompensed, here in the heart of mid-Bohemia, by the all-pervading odour of potations and provisions,-of banquets long past, and of banquets that were yet to come.

What wonderful odours are those that emanate from this quarter of the town! The dank vapours of Covent Garden are sweet in the nostrils of many a cockney reveller. There is no orange-peel so perfumed as the Drury orange-peel that has been concentrating its fragrance round the boards of Thespis since the days when Mohun and Hart, and Shatterel and Betterton strutted on the bare planks of the Cockpit.

No scent of printer's ink is more refreshing than that which adheres to the yards of flimsy playbill still hawked about by itinerant vendors. But the whole place has through the day-time a blear-eyed, a drunk-over-night appearance. It is like a man who is never at his best until he has supped or dined. From morn till twilight it wears this sullen and uncared-for look. Wait until nightfall, and it will positively glisten with lamps and gleam with merriment. No wonder, therefore, that it has been the birthplace of so many of those midnight carousing dens, into one of which we are tremulously seeking to enter.

200 pages - 7x 8½ softcover
ISBN-10: 1610336119
ISBN-13: 9781610336116

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