People today have this idea that profanity, swearing, euphemisms and taboo words are some kind of modern phenomenon. Historical TV dramas and movies tend to romanticize the past and, I believe, don't give an accurate picture of everyday life. If you take away today's technologies, clothing styles and junk foods people were exactly the same as they are now. If a scene I'm writing calls for profanity, swearing, a euphemism or some taboo word, most of which are not considered taboo today, I use them because people in the mid nineteenth century would have used them. Some of these words are timeless classics and need no definition like : fuck, shit, horny, screw, cocksucker, cunt, pussy, bastard, prick, [the]clap, and ass. However, there are some words that have faded, been redefined or have become acceptable. Here is and example of some of these words.
1. Adventuress : this is a euphemism for a prostitute or a wild women
A. Stay away from those adventuress types while your in the city.
2. Condom : a taboo word because condoms were illegal for most of the century.
Jesse : hell
A. He beat the jesse out of that redneck.
4. Leg : this word was considered naughty or taboo. People used ''limb'' as a polite substitute.
5. Lickfinger : a suck-up or kiss-ass.
A. That lickfinger told her everything we said!
6. Necessary : euphemism for outhouse or bathroom.
A. Where might I find the nearest necessary?
7. Scalawag : a mean, rotten, evil or worthless person.
A. The inn keeper was a scalawag of the worst kind.
8. Strumpet : a whore or slut
A. Strumpets walk the streets day and night in Baltimore.
9.Trouser, Pants : taboo for most of the century. Instead, people said inexpressibles, unmentionables,
nether garments or sit-down-apons.