Tiny Tidbits: 10 Regency Era Terms

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.

  1. bounder: a rakish man. A cad, rogue, or loose screw.
  2. children in the wood: dice.
  3. a trifle disguised: slightly intoxicated, tipsy.
  4. diamond of the first water: a beautiful woman.
  5. dicked in the nob: crazy, insane.
  6. mingle-mangle: a mess.
  7. swallow one’s spleen: to constrain anger, to leash a temper.
  8. raise a breeze: to make a fuss.
  9. moonling: simpleton.
  10. make a cake of one’s self: to make a fool of oneself.

1 thought on “Tiny Tidbits: 10 Regency Era Terms”

  1. “Bounder” we still recognise with that meaning in Britain, though it has a comically old-fashioned and upper-class sound. No-one would say it now except for laughs. You could say someone who failed in a triple jump competition was a terrible bounder.

    “Dicked in the nob” would greatly confuse people today as it would suggest if any thing “penised in the penis”.

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