Top Ten Tuesday: Victorian Slang Phrases/Words that I Wish Would Come Back

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

How it works:

She assigns a topic each Tuesday and then posts her top ten list that fits that topic. You’re welcome to join her and create your list of top ten (or 2, 5, 20, etc.)Feel free to put a unique spin on the topic to make it work for you! Please link to That Artsy Reader Girl in your own post so that others know where to find more information.


When I saw this week’s topic, I immediately thought of a Facebook meme highlighting Victorian-era slang words/phrases people wished would come back. So, I decided to make today’s Top Ten Tuesday!!

Enjoy!! (also, all words/phrases and explanations used in this post were taken from Little Things)


1. Batty Fang. This phrase was used to describe thrashing someone (aka beating them up).

2. Fly Rink: This phrase was used to describe a man’s bald head.

3. Afternoonified: This word was used to describe how nice something was.

4. Butter Upon Bacon: This phrase was used to describe something too fancy.

5. Bricky: This word was used to describe someone strong.

6. Whooperups: This word was used to describe a bad and loud singer.

7. Chuckaboo: This word was used by children to describe their best friends.

8. Enthuzimuzzy: This word was used to describe someone too enthusiastic.

9. Bags O’Mystery: This phrase was used to describe……sausage.

10. Skilamalink: This word was used to describe someone who was shady and secretive.

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