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30 historical slang terms for sex

When writing historical fiction it is important to get the lingo right. They did not think Alexander The Great was a “cool dude”, that the journalists reporting on The War of The Worlds were spreading “Fake News” or that Marie Antoinette was Thicc.

When looking for words while writing, it is often easy to find long-lost sayings and words – but what about the slang of the flesh? What about ye old sex?

I have compiled a list that will help you to write the more steamy scenes in your historical fiction. Let me know in the comments if you found more of them!

1. Give someone a green gown (1351)

2. Play nug-a-nug (1505)

3. Play the pyrdewy (1512)

4. Play at couch quail (1521)

5. Ride below the crupper (1578)

6. Board a land carrack (1604)

7. Fadoodling (1611)

8. Put the devil into hell (1616)

9. Night physic (1621)

10. Princum-prancum (1630)

11. Culbatizing exercise (1653)

12. Join paunches (1656)

13. Dance the Paphian jig (1656)

14. Play at tray trip of a die (1660)

15. Dance Barnaby (1664)

16. Shot twixt wind and water (1665)

17. Play at rantum-scantum (1667)

18. Blow off the groundsills (1674)

19. Play hey gammer cook (1674)

20. Join giblets (1680)

21. Play at rumpscuttle and clapperdepouch (1684)

22. Lerricompoop (1694)

23. Ride a dragon upon St. George (1698)

24. Houghmagandy (1700)

25. Pogue the hone (1719)

26. Make feet for children’s stockings (1785)

27. Dance the kipples (1796)

28. Have one’s corn ground (1800)

29. Horizontal refreshment (1863)

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30. Arrive at the end of the sentimental journey (1896)

31. Get one’s ashes hauled (1910)

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