Word of the Week

Inexpressibles. A euphemism for trousers — also known as unmentionables — in use in the 19th Century. This absurdity is attributed to the satirical poet Peter Pindar, the pen-name of John Wolcot (1738-1819) who used it in a biting lampoon on the dandy Prince Regent (George IV).

[From: Brewer’s Dictionary of Phrase & Fable, Revised and Enlarged, Harper & Brothers, 1953]

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