feague off

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.

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  1. It certainly gives new meaning to the word “gingerly”. Incidentally, do you do eels by special appointment?

  2. bring your own eel and I’ll see if I can insert it for you

  3. Fartcatcher! Haven’t heard that one in a while. Journalists sometimes refer to minions who attend to high-ranking politicians as fartcatchers. Must be a horrible job if their boss is a real gasbag.

  4. Who are you calling a flogging cully!!??!! I like the picture of Archie though ………

  5. You’re so educational! I knew of the ginger inserting practice but now I know why it’s called figging.

    Still won’t entertain it tho! Where did I put that eel…?

  6. I aim to please Angelalala 🙂

  7. A live eel -so that’s what they’re calling it these days.

    Like Tome Lehrer once said: my friend majored in animal husbandry . . . until they caught him at it one night.

  8. Tom, not Tome.

  9. That guy in the Kitchen – isn’t that DaddyP?

    Better a fartcatcher than an eelcatcher, I say.

  10. well I thought it was daddyp but he’s trying to bluff us that it’s archie

  11. Well… now we see how Leonard Nimoy spends his time when not at Star Trek conventions.

  12. yes – who’d a thunk it?

  13. I’m in awe of you.

  14. People of yore had such a great vocabulary.

    Leonard Nimoy? Wow. Not much to say about a hobby like that.

  15. mmmmm? I do recall having to view something re eels and orifices in a professional capacity …. it is scary how they wriggle and how many can be applied!! & as for ‘figging’ unless you want your eyes to smart and other areas too it is only for the die hards !! 🙂

  16. does an electric eel constitute an organic vibrator?

  17. We call them dingleberries over here. There should be a word for toilet paper lint that sticks to your parts.

  18. Maritza, I believe that word is cheap 🙂

  19. feague… well lets just keep on moving shall we.

    I think I shall keep my policy of keeping fish out of my fundament.

  20. someday you must show me your list of policies Alex

  21. That explains that porn movie “A Feague of Their Own”.

  22. was Madonna in that one too?

  23. Geee…SGM is not allowed to fart either. I don’t like the thought of all that pent-up gas…

  24. *sigh* so many things that SGM is not allowed to do….

  25. Mr. Flogging Cully is HAWT! But his kitchen could use a facelift.

  26. but no Smeg appliances please

  27. Um, I have no idea how I ended up here, but FTW????

    I’m horrified, yet fascinated at the same time.

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