once a library sale had this book that served to enrich one’s vocab by offering the roots of words and what that implies then giving examples and shit and it seemed like the greatest dictionary-ish thing I’d ever seen and it was 75 cents and I was broke so I didn’t get it, I’ve called and emailed them to ask if I could dig through the sale boxes to find it and pay for it, no deal. lols
At least six years ago somewhere on the internet I found this and have since coveted the book it came from:
WOLF IN THE BREAST. An extraordinary mode of imposition, sometimes practised in the country by strolling women, who have the knack of counterfeiting extreme pain, pretending to have a small animal called a wolf in their breasts, which is continually gnawing them.
Lexicon Balatronicum: A Dictionary of Buckish Slang, University Wit, and Pickpocket Eloquence, 1811