"flounder", "red-herring", "magic glass", 1703 -- for the OED

Robin Hamilton robin.hamilton3 at VIRGINMEDIA.COM
Sat Oct 4 18:16:42 UTC 2014

Might it be Aniseed (Water) Robin, so called since he sold aniseed water, 
a.k.a. gin, in the streets of London?  A famous/notorious hermaphrodite, who 
was around London in the 1650s and later (I think) and is referred to pretty 
frequently, among others by Daniel Defoe.  His name would probably still 
have been familiar in the early 1700s.  I don't know whether he was ever 
called "terrible", but he was certainly notorious.

Robin Hamilton


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At 10/3/2014 11:14 PM, Dan Goncharoff wrote:

>When I read Terrible Robin I think Robin Goodfellow.

I also wondered (and as well about Robin Hood, who might have been
called "terrible" by the sheriff) but lacked contemporary quotations
for "terrible Robin" with useful context.


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