Q: "oil the dog's wig"?

Joel S. Berson Berson at ATT.NET
Tue Jan 22 02:59:49 UTC 2008

Is this of any interest, and how is it explained?

In the 1784 _The Whimsical Jester: or, Rochester in High Glee_, there
is a bit on jargon that allegedly "flew about" on the occasion of a
boxing-match.  One item is from the barber's speech:  "oil the dog's
wig for him".


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