Lost Word Of The Day (20)

Even in my disreputable youth I managed to avoid the dubious pleasures of molrowing. A term used in the 19th century it was defined in John Camden Hotten’s A dictionary of modern slang, cant, and vulgar words, published in 1859 as to be “out on the spree” in the company of gay women, a euphemism as the time for sex workers. It was said to have owed its origins to “the amatory serenadings of London’s population of cats”.

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