A-Z Database

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Lummox

Although the source is reputed to be slang from East Anglia in Britain, dating from the early 19th century, the main usage of the word today is Americ...

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Lump in one’s throat

Choked with emotion, the feeling of constriction in one’s throat caused by emotional trauma, dates from the mid-19th century.


Lunch box

Slang for male or female genitalia, dates from the 1990s with allusion to oral sex.


Lurgi/lurgy

An invented, humorous word for an easily transmitted but not too serious malady dates from 1954. It is attributed to the BBC (British Broadcasting Cor...

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Lush (alcoholic)

A lush is chiefly American slang for a drunkard or alcoholic and dates in this sense from the mid-19th century. It is thought to be derived from a lar...

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Luvvy

Luvvy is a modern British colloquialism that has been popular in the theatre world since the early 1980s and was originally used by camp, affected the...

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Lynch/Lynching

Lynching has come to mean the illegal execution of anyone by a mob and is first cited in this sense from the late 19th century in America. Although ly...

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