Terms, expressions, and phrases from the Regency Era vary from today’s modern language. I love collecting words from the time period, not only to improve my writing, but for the sheer fun of it. In the usage exists a range from the whimsical to the downright strange.
I keep a list of these lingual oddities and marvels in a folder at my desk. I consult it when needed. While thinking of ideas for blog posts, the folder was staring at me screaming, “Me! Write about me!” And, so, I wish to share with you a few words and expressions from the Regency Era.
- bounder: a rakish man. A cad, rogue, or loose screw.
- children in the wood: dice.
- a trifle disguised: slightly intoxicated, tipsy.
- diamond of the first water: a beautiful woman.
- dicked in the nob: crazy, insane.
- mingle-mangle: a mess.
- swallow one’s spleen: to constrain anger, to leash a temper.
- raise a breeze: to make a fuss.
- moonling: simpleton.
- make a cake of one’s self: to make a fool of oneself.