- Cream Pot Love – This was a false love, expressed by a man to a milk maid so that he might obtain some dairy products or other good things from her.
- Cupboard Love – This was another pretended love that was usually directed at the cook and it was most enflamed when the stomach was empty.
- A soldier and his love who married were said to “leap over the sword.” The expression refers to an English wedding ceremony in which a sword is placed on the ground for the couple to jump over. The superior office would shout:
Leap rogue, and jump whore
Now you are married evermore
Short but effective. The couple who took the leap were considered married.
- Nug – Nug was a term of affection, as in “my dear nug” (my love).
- Prigstar – A prigstar was a rival in love.
- Left-handed wife – No, this wasn’t what it sounds like. A left-handed wife was a concubine. It derives from the tradition that a man who married a woman beneath his social status would offer his left hand at their wedding.
- Chuck – This was another term of endearment. To say ‘my chuck’ was the same as saying, ‘my love.’
- Palaver – If you were engaging in excessive flattery to win someone’s affections, you were palavering.
- Slice – If a man were flirting, especially with a married woman, he was said to slice. A married man who was slicing with a woman other than his wife might be forced to pay a little “socket money” to keep his reputation.
- Sweet Heart – Still in use today, the term sweetheart took its name from a sweet cake baked in the shape of a heart.
Thanks to: Grose's Classical Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue, By Francis Grose (1785) and Villainies Discovered: OR The Devil’s Cabinet Broken Open, By Richard Head (1673).