Yet one more case of "bitching"

Victor Steinbok aardvark66 at GMAIL.COM
Tue Dec 7 08:01:16 UTC 2010

This may be a one-off case... Since the poet felt obligated to explain
the usage, it may well be that it was peculiar to the particular group
that he belonged to.
Poems, humorous and sentimental. By William Finlay. Paisley: 1846
Clippings and Pairings. p. 137
> O For a spark of Milton's Are,
> One chord of Poet Burns's lyre ;
> Or, would Cervantes, princely wag,
> Spare of his mantle but one rag,
> That I might paint with master hand,
> In colours that the test would stand,
> With pathos strong and truly touching,
> The noblest specimen of bitching,*
> That e'er took place since mother Eve
> Did with an apple man deceive.
> ...

Below, there is a footnote.

> * Bitching—a cant term, denoting a species of low buffoonery, much
> admired and practised in some of our Paisley Clubs.


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