Can You Translate 10 Colonial Slang Terms?

Back in the colonial era, slang was way different than it is today! Some might even say it was a bit quirky or eccentric. Think you can translate 10 colonial slang terms with ease? Let's go way back in time and put your knowledge to the test!
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In Colonial times, if someone was talking about an "apple dumpling shop" what were they referring to?
A bakery
A woman's bosom
A local inn
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If someone had "Bear-garden jaw" in colonial times, then they were....
Using vulgar language.
Very ill and likely to die.
A total gossip.
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If a man was described as a "cock robin," then they were...
A bit unreliable
Lazy
Soft or weak
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If you saw a "doxie" then what were you looking at?
A group of ducks.
A group of women.
A group of men.
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How much was a "baker's dozen" during colonial times?
13
12
14
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If someone died of "barrel fever" then how did they die?
Of a terrible fever, duh!
From starvation.
Alcohol poisoning.
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If a person were "beetle browed" what kind of eyebrows did they have?
Thin eyebrows
Thick eyebrows
No eyebrows
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Who was known as a "bluffer?"
A liar
An innkeeper
A card shark
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If you were drinking "bumbo," what was in your cup?
Wine
Brandy
Beer
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If someone was "carroty-pated" then they likely had what?
Long arms
Bowed legs
Red hair
Result
Hey, we get it. These slang words are pretty out there, but it makes sense given how long ago they were first used. If you learned anything from this quiz, it's that colonial folks were pretty quirky. At least you learned something new! mkjkjk

C+, Colonial Slang Stumped

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Right!
Hey, who knew you could talk like a colonial person? Probably not you! Colonial slang is pretty quirky and altogether different then how we talk today, yet you somehow managed to ace this quiz with ease. Now go on and talk like a true colonial!

B+, Colonial Slang Clever

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Right!
You're a total colonial slang expert! Sure, these folks talked a little different, but not different enough to stump you. It's obvious that you know your colonial slang like only a true history buff can. Now go on and brag about it, not many people passed this quiz!

A+, Colonial Slang Expert

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1
In Colonial times, if someone was talking about an "apple dumpling shop" what were they referring to?
A bakery
A woman's bosom
A local inn
2
If someone had "Bear-garden jaw" in colonial times, then they were....
Using vulgar language.
Very ill and likely to die.
A total gossip.
3
If a man was described as a "cock robin," then they were...
A bit unreliable
Lazy
Soft or weak
4
If you saw a "doxie" then what were you looking at?
A group of ducks.
A group of women.
A group of men.
5
How much was a "baker's dozen" during colonial times?
13
12
14
6
If someone died of "barrel fever" then how did they die?
Of a terrible fever, duh!
From starvation.
Alcohol poisoning.
7
If a person were "beetle browed" what kind of eyebrows did they have?
Thin eyebrows
Thick eyebrows
No eyebrows
8
Who was known as a "bluffer?"
A liar
An innkeeper
A card shark
9
If you were drinking "bumbo," what was in your cup?
Wine
Brandy
Beer
10
If someone was "carroty-pated" then they likely had what?
Long arms
Bowed legs
Red hair