nursemyra loves stumbling across unusual words. I’d not heard of feagueing before but it’s in Francis Grose’s Classical Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue, defined as:
“to put ginger up a horse’s fundament, or a live eel, to make him lively and carry his tail well; it is said, a forfeit is incurred by any horse-dealer’s servant, who shall shew a horse without first feaguing him. Feague is used, figuratively, for encouraging or spiriting one up”.
fancy having a live eel up your fundament. what would you say to the emergency department doctor who had to remove it? “Buggar me, I slipped on an eel and look where it ended up”
I wish I had a copy of this marvellous old dictionary, it’s got so many fabulous expressions. what is a fart catcher and what service does one perform?
A valet or footman so named from his walking behind his master or mistress.
the gimcrack’s handyman could easily assume that title. the majority of our geriatrics fart as they walk, it’s a very musical hospital. they’re also likely to have a collection of fartleberries or “excrement hanging about the anus”
and if you’re looking for a new word with which to insult someone, how about “you flogging cully“. it means debilitated lecher, commonly an old one.
that’s what I’d be calling anyone who turned up at my clinic looking for sympathy for their footman’s maund
An artificial sore made with unslaked lime, soap, and the rust of old iron, on the back of a beggar’s hand, as if hurt by the bite or kick of a horse.
let’s not forget the females. try wooing your sweetheart by called her fubsey. sounds affectionate and means healthy. A fubsey wench; a plump, healthy wench.
here are some of Leonard Nimoy’s fubsies from the Full Body Project. click on the link if you’d like to see them in all their naked glory
and if you’d like a ginger feagueing, nursemyra’s clinic will be open from 9:00-10:00 Tuesdays and Fridays. please remove all fartleberries first.