Linguistic query

October 22, 2004

Please tell Tim Connell, who asks "Did a Captain Gorse really write a Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue in the 18th century?" that it was Francis Grose who wrote a Classical Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue in 1785 (Books, review of Blooming English , October 8). Is this poor proofreading or the author's error?

Sue Powell
Salford University

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