WOW ~ Word of the Week ~ Grinagog or The Cat’s Uncle

Finishing up our month of fools, we come to the slang term I’ve easily incorporated into my everyday speech. A child up to no good will smile madly in effort to distract you from discovering the new worm habitat in his bedroom.

Grinagog

Also known as The Cat’s Uncle. A foolish grinning fellow, one who grins without reason.

Three people drinking punch as a cure for (from right to left) gout, colic, and phthisis. Coloured etching by James Gillray, 1799, Wellcome Library collections.

Three people drinking punch as a cure for (from right to left) gout, colic, and phthisis. Coloured etching by James Gillray, 1799, Wellcome Library collections.

To use more cant, a Grinagog will use his or her grinders (teeth) to full effect.

A French Dentist Shewing a Specimen of His Artificial Teeth and False Palates. Thomas Rowland, 1811, Tate Museum.

A French Dentist Shewing a Specimen of His Artificial Teeth and False Palates. Thomas Rowland, 1811, Tate Museum.

And there’s nothing like the grin of silly fools in full flirt.

A Long Headed Minuet. 1810, Isaac Cruikshank, GJ Savile Caricatures

A Long Headed Minuet. 1810, Isaac Cruikshank, GJ Savile Caricatures

 

Slang term taken from 1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue.

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