Buchinger's Boot

Bill Mullins amcombill at HOTMAIL.COM
Wed Jun 4 01:18:06 UTC 2014

Buchinger’s Boot


Not in OED.  An
obscure euphemism for a woman’s vagina. 
Matthew Buchinger (1674 – 1740) was a German dwarf with no arms or legs
(his penis was the closest thing he had to a foot, thus the expression).   He was also quite the swordsman, having had
four wives, fourteen children (by eight women), and multiple mistresses.


Francis Grose.  _A
Classical Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue. 
Second Edition._  London:  S. Hooper, 1788.  Unpaginated. [not in 1st edition of 1785]

“Buckinger’s Boot. 
The monosyllable.  Matthew
Buckinger was born without hands and legs; notwithstanding which he drew coats
of arms very neatly, and could write the Lord’s Prayer within the compass of a
shilling:  he was married to a tall
handsome woman, and traversed the country, shewing himself for money.” ["the monosyllable" = cunt?]


The following passage may allude to the expression, I


Nov 13 1782 _London Morning Herald and Daily Advertiser_ p 3
col 1

“A gentleman in the boxes observed, that Mrs. Kennedy’s boot
in the new Opera, were of the true Cordovian cut – An Hibernian denied the
premises:  “my soul,” says he, but the
boot is true Buckinger cut – This Buckinger, my dear was a fellow who hand
neither hands nor feet.”                                        
The American Dialect Society - http://www.americandialect.org

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