THE EDITOR'S SELECTION
In an acerbic swipe, Bee described duelling as ‘War with French Manners’, reporting: ‘M. Grange, an advocate at Bordeaux […] has been killed in a duel by an English physician. Several other duels have taken place, with less fortunate results’.
(Bee, Annals of Sporting II, 1822).
(Manchester City v Norwich City, 12 February 2000)
'A biting, chilling day at the Theatre of Base Comedy […] The audience 33,000 to observe the play [….City] opened like a pack of hounds on the fox. Kennedy hares down the left, skins his full-back […] high cross to Goater’s shaven pate, the ball dispatched into the Norwich net […] Goater littered under Saturn applying a moral medicine to a mortifying mischief' (Hall).
A typically idiosyncratic dictionary definition by Jon Bee: 'Monstrous – excessive positive. A bon-ton reply renders it a superlative: ‘a very pretty girl is that […] monstrous pretty little creature inde-e-d.’ Monster-ous large would do better; but dandy cares not: he has it ‘monstrous hot in the house, and devilish cold out’: ‘I was monstrously affected’, he concludes; yes, affected, monster-like'.
(Bee's Sportsman's Slang, 1825)
Pierce Egan describes conditions in an imaginative manner: ‘The unpropitious state of the weather had not the least effect upon the feelings of the spectators, who never shifted an inch of ground in consequence of being so drippingly assailed’ (Boxiana II).
Gentlemen have affected to pity the poor men who […] bruise one another for the entertainment of the crowd; but […] the heroes of the fist want none of it, and feel that […] they are playing a glorious part; and that the eyes of all that are noble, heroic, and scientific in the kingdom, are fixed on them. (Egan, Boxiana I)