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a London particular

euphemism The thick, brown, sometimes lethal fog caused by air pollution in London, especially during the 19th and early 20th century. For many older citizens living London during that time, they could as easily be killed by a London particular as by an attack from a criminal.
See also: London, particular
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a London particular

a dense fog formerly affecting London. dated
This expression is first recorded in Charles Dickens's Bleak House ( 1853 ).
See also: London, particular
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I have a horror of what they call the "London particular." I feel miserable and muggy all through a dirty day, and it is quite a relief to pull one's clothes off and get into bed, out of the way of it all.
8.What type of weather condition was known as a 'London Particular'?
A "Peasouper" or a "London Particular" became terms for the thickest and longest-lasting fogs, usually occurring in winter when all the hearth fires were burning.
A Searchers B Seekers C Small Faces D Scaffold QUESTION 11 - for 11 points: What did Charles Dickens mean by a 'London particular'?
7 LONDON PARTICULAR SOUP Serves 4 Ready in 1 hour 30 minutes.
7 LONDON PARTICULAR SOUP Low-calorie cooking spray 1 onion, roughly chopped 1 carrot, peeled and roughly chopped 2 celery sticks, trimmed and roughly chopped 225g dried split peas (unsoaked) 1.2 litres boiling chicken stock 225g slice of smoked lean ham, visible fat removed Freshly ground black pepper Small handful of roughly chopped fresh parsley 4 tbsp fat-free natural fromage frais 1 Place a large heavybase saucepan over a medium heat and spray with low-calorie cooking spray.
Author Charles Dickens famously described the heavy haze that in his time blanketed the city as "a London particular." But when the metropolis was smothered in dense, milky smog for days in late March, it raised much alarm among its denizens.
As such, the language and argumentation of these writings possessed a spontaneity and intensity that was arguably more indicative of the mood of London Particular Baptists than the more measured, scholarly works of the same period.
Then it reappeared in Fitzgerald's book, and the past came closing in around me like a London Particular.
What was known as a London particular in Victorian England?
in meekness instructing those that oppose themselves." And in all of this Clarke claimed to speak as well for Holmes and Crandall and in harmony with the teaching of the London Particular Baptist leadership.
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"Here, at least in embryo," argued White, were the convictions that underlay the development of the "association" of individual congregations in a district or region, a key factor in the expansionist policy undertaken by the London Particular Baptist churches during the years 1644-60.
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