apothecary's Latin

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apothecary's Latin (uncountable)

  1. (idiomatic, obsolete) barbarous Latin; badly-spoken Latin.
    • 1842, Colburn's New Monthly Magazine and Humorist Page 333
      As this bit of apothecary's Latin was quoted to the town-clerk at a corporation dinner, and was by him translated to the mayor to mean that the municipal body had not a leg to stand upon, it gave very serious offence indeed.

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Grose, Francis, The Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue / Lexicon Balatronicum: A Dictionary of Buckish Slang, University Wit, and Pickpocket Eloquence: altered and enlarged (London; 1811)

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