August 18th, 2013

I am building a series of Timelines based on the database that underlies Green’s Dictionary of Slang.

These are the links to those currently available:


Pubs and Bars:

15 Responses to “Timelines”

  1. Mel. says:

    Put the devil into hell (1616) – This expression is actually found in the Decameron, so a couple hundred years earlier or so…

  2. […] Lexicographer Jonathon Green collected historical slangs, including dirty talks, and compiled them in a comprehensive dictionary. […]

  3. […] hundreds of years of jargon, cant, and naughty talk. He has created a series of online timelines (here and here) where the words too impolite, indecent, or risqué for the usual history […]

  4. Jk stuffins says:

    Pogue the hone comes from póg mo thóin which is Irish for kiss my ass

  5. Iain Sherwood says:

    ‘Pogue the Hone’ is a distortion of the Gaelic ‘pog ma rhone’ which means ‘kiss my arse.’ It doesn’t really have to do with sex, except in a twisted manner….

  6. […] rund einem Jahr bloggte ich über Jonathon Greens Timeline voller historischer Fachbegriffe für Pimmel und Muschis, und seit damals hat er noch einige male […]

  7. Donald Stevenson says:

    Re: the whole nine yards, my understanding has always been that the reference was to cubic yards of freshly mixed cement, being the capacity of a standard cement mixer. Because of rapid curing leading to quick decisions as to how much to use, to go ahead and use the whole nine (cubic) yards of cement was a very real commitment to the matter at hand, which if in error would result in the unfortunate use of a jackhammer. Forgive me if I have been misled.

  8. Theresa Lockwood says:

    regarding the phrase “the whole nine yards”
    I had always thought it originated in the bridal clothing industry were in a gowns worth and social class was associated with how many yards of fabric were used to create it; a dress made with “nine yards” of silk or taffeta was the “gold standard” if you will; hence, the phrase “the whole nine yards” coming to mean spare no expense.

  9. […] Jonathon Green’s slang timelines. […]

  10. Vidya says:

    These are wonderful. My boyfriend loves the penis and vagina timelines, and has requested a print. Is this something you would sell? If it doesn’t exist, are you interested in having it designed? It would be an honor.

  11. Cindy D. says:

    I’ll email the software company–there’s definitely a loading problem. The others are quite enjoyable!

  12. jg says:

    Apologies. The software is, I fear, beyond my control. All I can hope is that another try will solve the problem. However, it could be that you need to zoom out with the slider (on the right), so as to get a good view of the words, then zoom in on the year(s) you want. It is not, all that said, very big.

  13. Cindy D. says:

    The pubs and bars timeglider isn’t fully loading at the moment.

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