In every time period there are slang words. If you’re a writer and your story takes place 150 years ago (like one of mine does) it is important to know what words people were saying back then. In addition to being important for writers, the slang of yesteryear can be the “beatingest” fun. Here is a sampling of words used in the 1800s.
Acknowledge the corn: to admit the truth
Allow: to admit; to be of the opinion
Balderdash: nonsense; empty babble
Beatingest: anything (or anyone) that beats the competition
Picayune: used to signify something small or frivolous
Whip one’s weight in wild cats: to defeat or beat an opponent