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Wednesday, November 28, 2012

1811 Dictionary Of The Vulgar Tongue

              A
          DICTIONARY
             OF
BUCKISH SLANG, UNIVERSITY WIT,
            AND
     PICKPOCKET ELOQUENCE

The 1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue contains lots of interesting items, including the one below.  Was the term used during the War?

ACT OF PARLIAMENT. A military term for small beer, five pints of which, by an act of parliament, a landlord was formerly obliged to give to each soldier gratis.

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