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Regency Slang – Section B

I found this list of vocabulary and slang from The Regency Assembly Press, here. I’m only picking a few excerpts, so visit their site for the full list. Bacon Fed–Fat, greasy. Back Gammon Player–A sodomite. Back Door (Usher, or Gentleman … Continue reading

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Regency Slang – Section A

I found this list of vocabulary and slang from The Regency Assembly Press, here. I’m only picking a few excerpts, so visit their site for the full list. A Crush–A very successful party where there is no room to circulate. … Continue reading

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Tom-Turd-Men

Just a really quick one today. I’m reading Matthew Beaumont’s Night Walking (2016) and found this ridiculous piece of information. The whole book explores who was–or wasn’t–allowed to walk at night in Western culture over the last thousand years or so. … Continue reading

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Oblong Man Weds Normal Woman

Just a quick one today. I heard this story on an episode of QI (series “N”, episode “News”). In the 1970s, an Illinois newspaper the Bloomington Pantagraph ran a headline titled “Oblong Man Weds Normal Woman“. What they were referring to was … Continue reading

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Queen Drina

This was a fact I knew already, but it was slightly supplemented when I saw a recent episode of QI (series N, episode “Noble Rot”). Queen Victoria’s name wasn’t Victoria. She was born Alexandrina Victoria and was called “Drina” for … Continue reading

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Hugh Lowther, Lord Lonsdale

A little while ago I did a post on Sir William Don, the aristocratic wastrel who squandered his fortune and had to turn to acting to make ends meet. I was first alerted to his presence by a question on … Continue reading

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Idaho Means Nothing

Just a quick one today. I found this story on Futility Closet’s blog here. “Idaho means nothing. When Congress was casting about for a name for a new western territory, an eccentric lobbyist named George M. Willing suggested ‘Idaho,’ which … Continue reading

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