German History a book in which the names and confessions of criminals convicted of capital offences were recorded.
2historical A book containing violent or sensational material, a blood-and-thunder book; compare sense 23 (now historical).
Mid 19th century; earliest use found in Thomas Keightley (1789–1872), historian and author. After German Blutbuch.
We take a look at several popular, though confusing, punctuation marks.