The Victorian era was notoriously prim and proper—but its people certainly weren't. They discussed offensive, shocking, and tasteless topics just like we do today, and to soften the blow, they used slang euphemisms. To pay homage to some of the period's most memorable vulgarities, Oxford University Press created the infographic below. It lists 16 pieces of hilariously outdated profanity (flustered thornback, anyone?) that are sure to elevate the party gossip at your next soirée.

[h/t OUPblog]

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