Of Low Extraction and Irregular Education

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Salon has published another delightful excerpt from Jonathon Green’s The Vulgar Tongue: Green’s History of Slang. Where the first focused on sex euphemism, this piece explores slang’s impact on the literary legacy of the English language. Wagtails, grizzles, and shotten herrings abound.


Roxie Pell is a student at Wesleyan University, where she writes for Wesleying and The Argus and tweets hilarious nuggets of pure wisdom @jonathnfranzen. More from this author →