A Regency Slang Quiz


Anne here, with a fun little quiz for a change of pace.
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How good is your knowledge of Regency slang? 
Do this quiz —you'll need a pen and paper — then check your answers and come back and tell us how you went.

1) An ape leader is:
a) Someone recently returned from Africa
b) A champion boxer
c) The leader of a pack of dowagers
d) An ageing spinster
2) "Doing it much too brown" means:
a) Overcooking the dinner
b) Trying too hard to make a false story convincing
c) Having too much to do with the stables
d) Failing to balance the colors you're wearing.

3)  Blue Ruin is:	
        a) An alcoholic drink ie. gin b) A tragic story c) A house that's listed for demolition d) A man too far gone and collapsed in drink 4) A rum cull is: a) A suspicious man b) An alcoholic drink c) A drunken rower d) A selection process whereby two out of every five are removed.

5) A hum is:
a) A sound made by bears
b) A false rumor
c) A dance step
d) A fastening for a corset

6) A barque of frailty is:
a) A bamboo-hulled pleasure boat
b) A simple-minded person
c) A ship in a bottle
d) A woman of easy virtue

7) A nonpareil is:
a) A leader of fashion (male)
b) Someone shunned by society
c) A ban, something forbidden
d) A fool

8) To be castaway means:
a) To have eaten too much cheese
b) To be lost in the worst part of a city
c) To hang out frequently at the docks
d) To be drunk

9) Which one of these is NOT a term for being drunk:
a) to be shot in the neck
b) to have eaten Hull cheese
c) to be jug-bitten
d) to give a tinker's damn

10) To be in dun territory means:
a) To be on your enemy's land
b) To be lost in the worst part of a city
c) To be in debt
d) To be in friendly territory
I hope you had as much fun doing this as I did making it up.
To get the answers and check your score, click here. Don't forget to come back and tell us how you went.

245 thoughts on “A Regency Slang Quiz”

  1. Definitely too many hours with my nose in Georgette Heyer – 100% That was fun thankyou it cheered up a rather boring morning.

  2. Definitely too many hours with my nose in Georgette Heyer – 100% That was fun thankyou it cheered up a rather boring morning.

  3. Definitely too many hours with my nose in Georgette Heyer – 100% That was fun thankyou it cheered up a rather boring morning.

  4. Definitely too many hours with my nose in Georgette Heyer – 100% That was fun thankyou it cheered up a rather boring morning.

  5. Definitely too many hours with my nose in Georgette Heyer – 100% That was fun thankyou it cheered up a rather boring morning.

  6. Thanks, Helen — 70% is not too bad at all. Well done you!
    Jo, I think I’m going to be spotting those who grew up on Heyer.
    The next time I’ll have to spread my sources.

  7. Thanks, Helen — 70% is not too bad at all. Well done you!
    Jo, I think I’m going to be spotting those who grew up on Heyer.
    The next time I’ll have to spread my sources.

  8. Thanks, Helen — 70% is not too bad at all. Well done you!
    Jo, I think I’m going to be spotting those who grew up on Heyer.
    The next time I’ll have to spread my sources.

  9. Thanks, Helen — 70% is not too bad at all. Well done you!
    Jo, I think I’m going to be spotting those who grew up on Heyer.
    The next time I’ll have to spread my sources.

  10. Thanks, Helen — 70% is not too bad at all. Well done you!
    Jo, I think I’m going to be spotting those who grew up on Heyer.
    The next time I’ll have to spread my sources.

  11. Years of reading Heyer paid off with 10/10!
    Ape-leader is from the Shakespearean period, with Katarina in Taming of the Shrew referring to herself as leading apes in hell=dying unmarried.

  12. Years of reading Heyer paid off with 10/10!
    Ape-leader is from the Shakespearean period, with Katarina in Taming of the Shrew referring to herself as leading apes in hell=dying unmarried.

  13. Years of reading Heyer paid off with 10/10!
    Ape-leader is from the Shakespearean period, with Katarina in Taming of the Shrew referring to herself as leading apes in hell=dying unmarried.

  14. Years of reading Heyer paid off with 10/10!
    Ape-leader is from the Shakespearean period, with Katarina in Taming of the Shrew referring to herself as leading apes in hell=dying unmarried.

  15. Years of reading Heyer paid off with 10/10!
    Ape-leader is from the Shakespearean period, with Katarina in Taming of the Shrew referring to herself as leading apes in hell=dying unmarried.

  16. I too had a mispent youth (100%)… and continued my youthful bad habits in to adulthood. Although as a result of this site, I have actually sat down and read contemporary or two.

  17. I too had a mispent youth (100%)… and continued my youthful bad habits in to adulthood. Although as a result of this site, I have actually sat down and read contemporary or two.

  18. I too had a mispent youth (100%)… and continued my youthful bad habits in to adulthood. Although as a result of this site, I have actually sat down and read contemporary or two.

  19. I too had a mispent youth (100%)… and continued my youthful bad habits in to adulthood. Although as a result of this site, I have actually sat down and read contemporary or two.

  20. I too had a mispent youth (100%)… and continued my youthful bad habits in to adulthood. Although as a result of this site, I have actually sat down and read contemporary or two.

  21. I obviously spend too much of my time in the Regency period. 100% and I only discovered Heyer a few years ago!

  22. I obviously spend too much of my time in the Regency period. 100% and I only discovered Heyer a few years ago!

  23. I obviously spend too much of my time in the Regency period. 100% and I only discovered Heyer a few years ago!

  24. I obviously spend too much of my time in the Regency period. 100% and I only discovered Heyer a few years ago!

  25. I obviously spend too much of my time in the Regency period. 100% and I only discovered Heyer a few years ago!

  26. Excellent, Shannon — I’m glad we’re rubbing off on you. 🙂
    Good luck with your book, Janis.
    Lil, there is NO such thing as spending too much time in the Regency. Well done on catching up with Heyer. How appalling to think you might never have read her.

  27. Excellent, Shannon — I’m glad we’re rubbing off on you. 🙂
    Good luck with your book, Janis.
    Lil, there is NO such thing as spending too much time in the Regency. Well done on catching up with Heyer. How appalling to think you might never have read her.

  28. Excellent, Shannon — I’m glad we’re rubbing off on you. 🙂
    Good luck with your book, Janis.
    Lil, there is NO such thing as spending too much time in the Regency. Well done on catching up with Heyer. How appalling to think you might never have read her.

  29. Excellent, Shannon — I’m glad we’re rubbing off on you. 🙂
    Good luck with your book, Janis.
    Lil, there is NO such thing as spending too much time in the Regency. Well done on catching up with Heyer. How appalling to think you might never have read her.

  30. Excellent, Shannon — I’m glad we’re rubbing off on you. 🙂
    Good luck with your book, Janis.
    Lil, there is NO such thing as spending too much time in the Regency. Well done on catching up with Heyer. How appalling to think you might never have read her.

  31. 80% The two I missed, I’d never heard or read before. What a pity, clear evidence I need to read more Regency. 🙂

  32. 80% The two I missed, I’d never heard or read before. What a pity, clear evidence I need to read more Regency. 🙂

  33. 80% The two I missed, I’d never heard or read before. What a pity, clear evidence I need to read more Regency. 🙂

  34. 80% The two I missed, I’d never heard or read before. What a pity, clear evidence I need to read more Regency. 🙂

  35. 80% The two I missed, I’d never heard or read before. What a pity, clear evidence I need to read more Regency. 🙂

  36. Another Heyer-reading 100-percenter here. 😀
    When I read Ben Franklin’s list of slang for drunkenness, I was somewhat disappointed to find that Heyer had already used all the best ones!

  37. Another Heyer-reading 100-percenter here. 😀
    When I read Ben Franklin’s list of slang for drunkenness, I was somewhat disappointed to find that Heyer had already used all the best ones!

  38. Another Heyer-reading 100-percenter here. 😀
    When I read Ben Franklin’s list of slang for drunkenness, I was somewhat disappointed to find that Heyer had already used all the best ones!

  39. Another Heyer-reading 100-percenter here. 😀
    When I read Ben Franklin’s list of slang for drunkenness, I was somewhat disappointed to find that Heyer had already used all the best ones!

  40. Another Heyer-reading 100-percenter here. 😀
    When I read Ben Franklin’s list of slang for drunkenness, I was somewhat disappointed to find that Heyer had already used all the best ones!

  41. 100%. I guess if I’m ever transported back to the regency I will be able to understand what they are talking about! 🙂

  42. 100%. I guess if I’m ever transported back to the regency I will be able to understand what they are talking about! 🙂

  43. 100%. I guess if I’m ever transported back to the regency I will be able to understand what they are talking about! 🙂

  44. 100%. I guess if I’m ever transported back to the regency I will be able to understand what they are talking about! 🙂

  45. 100%. I guess if I’m ever transported back to the regency I will be able to understand what they are talking about! 🙂

  46. 100% here – this was easy.
    By the way, I recently saw a book on Amazon with similar questions, though not on the regency slang, called A Regency Quiz Book.

  47. 100% here – this was easy.
    By the way, I recently saw a book on Amazon with similar questions, though not on the regency slang, called A Regency Quiz Book.

  48. 100% here – this was easy.
    By the way, I recently saw a book on Amazon with similar questions, though not on the regency slang, called A Regency Quiz Book.

  49. 100% here – this was easy.
    By the way, I recently saw a book on Amazon with similar questions, though not on the regency slang, called A Regency Quiz Book.

  50. 100% here – this was easy.
    By the way, I recently saw a book on Amazon with similar questions, though not on the regency slang, called A Regency Quiz Book.

  51. Fun! I scored 100% too. I certainly spent many hours with Heyer, but the hundreds of other Regencies I’ve read over the years certainly reinforced the Heyerisms.

  52. Fun! I scored 100% too. I certainly spent many hours with Heyer, but the hundreds of other Regencies I’ve read over the years certainly reinforced the Heyerisms.

  53. Fun! I scored 100% too. I certainly spent many hours with Heyer, but the hundreds of other Regencies I’ve read over the years certainly reinforced the Heyerisms.

  54. Fun! I scored 100% too. I certainly spent many hours with Heyer, but the hundreds of other Regencies I’ve read over the years certainly reinforced the Heyerisms.

  55. Fun! I scored 100% too. I certainly spent many hours with Heyer, but the hundreds of other Regencies I’ve read over the years certainly reinforced the Heyerisms.

  56. 100% – and I only discovered Heyer and Regency romances a few years ago. But worse than knowing what all of these mean is I find myself using Regency slang and phrases from time to time! Oops!! 😀
    A fun quiz. Thanks, Anne.

  57. 100% – and I only discovered Heyer and Regency romances a few years ago. But worse than knowing what all of these mean is I find myself using Regency slang and phrases from time to time! Oops!! 😀
    A fun quiz. Thanks, Anne.

  58. 100% – and I only discovered Heyer and Regency romances a few years ago. But worse than knowing what all of these mean is I find myself using Regency slang and phrases from time to time! Oops!! 😀
    A fun quiz. Thanks, Anne.

  59. 100% – and I only discovered Heyer and Regency romances a few years ago. But worse than knowing what all of these mean is I find myself using Regency slang and phrases from time to time! Oops!! 😀
    A fun quiz. Thanks, Anne.

  60. 100% – and I only discovered Heyer and Regency romances a few years ago. But worse than knowing what all of these mean is I find myself using Regency slang and phrases from time to time! Oops!! 😀
    A fun quiz. Thanks, Anne.

  61. 9 correct. The one I missed I had never heard, but then, I have not read Heyer, only hundreds and hundreds of other historical romances.
    This was fun. Hope you do it again, sometime.

  62. 9 correct. The one I missed I had never heard, but then, I have not read Heyer, only hundreds and hundreds of other historical romances.
    This was fun. Hope you do it again, sometime.

  63. 9 correct. The one I missed I had never heard, but then, I have not read Heyer, only hundreds and hundreds of other historical romances.
    This was fun. Hope you do it again, sometime.

  64. 9 correct. The one I missed I had never heard, but then, I have not read Heyer, only hundreds and hundreds of other historical romances.
    This was fun. Hope you do it again, sometime.

  65. 9 correct. The one I missed I had never heard, but then, I have not read Heyer, only hundreds and hundreds of other historical romances.
    This was fun. Hope you do it again, sometime.

  66. I don’t know whether to chuckle at all the “misspent youth reading Heyer” comments or start up an “out and proud reader of Heyer’ group. LOL
    And clearly I made this quiz a little too easy for many of you. The 10 Lords a Leaping quiz I did at Christmas was too hard. Maybe next time I do this I’ll get it just right. (more bear references) Did anyone note the tiny wave to Winnie the Pooh in the questions?

  67. I don’t know whether to chuckle at all the “misspent youth reading Heyer” comments or start up an “out and proud reader of Heyer’ group. LOL
    And clearly I made this quiz a little too easy for many of you. The 10 Lords a Leaping quiz I did at Christmas was too hard. Maybe next time I do this I’ll get it just right. (more bear references) Did anyone note the tiny wave to Winnie the Pooh in the questions?

  68. I don’t know whether to chuckle at all the “misspent youth reading Heyer” comments or start up an “out and proud reader of Heyer’ group. LOL
    And clearly I made this quiz a little too easy for many of you. The 10 Lords a Leaping quiz I did at Christmas was too hard. Maybe next time I do this I’ll get it just right. (more bear references) Did anyone note the tiny wave to Winnie the Pooh in the questions?

  69. I don’t know whether to chuckle at all the “misspent youth reading Heyer” comments or start up an “out and proud reader of Heyer’ group. LOL
    And clearly I made this quiz a little too easy for many of you. The 10 Lords a Leaping quiz I did at Christmas was too hard. Maybe next time I do this I’ll get it just right. (more bear references) Did anyone note the tiny wave to Winnie the Pooh in the questions?

  70. I don’t know whether to chuckle at all the “misspent youth reading Heyer” comments or start up an “out and proud reader of Heyer’ group. LOL
    And clearly I made this quiz a little too easy for many of you. The 10 Lords a Leaping quiz I did at Christmas was too hard. Maybe next time I do this I’ll get it just right. (more bear references) Did anyone note the tiny wave to Winnie the Pooh in the questions?

  71. Heyer led me astray as well. 10/10. Now ask me what certain slang words used today mean and I confess myself to be CLUELESS ! I have to have my niece and nephew translate more often than not.

  72. Heyer led me astray as well. 10/10. Now ask me what certain slang words used today mean and I confess myself to be CLUELESS ! I have to have my niece and nephew translate more often than not.

  73. Heyer led me astray as well. 10/10. Now ask me what certain slang words used today mean and I confess myself to be CLUELESS ! I have to have my niece and nephew translate more often than not.

  74. Heyer led me astray as well. 10/10. Now ask me what certain slang words used today mean and I confess myself to be CLUELESS ! I have to have my niece and nephew translate more often than not.

  75. Heyer led me astray as well. 10/10. Now ask me what certain slang words used today mean and I confess myself to be CLUELESS ! I have to have my niece and nephew translate more often than not.

  76. Another 100% and, as I am sure was the case with other Heyer readers, I didn’t even have to think about the questions.
    Thank you–definitely a bright spot today.
    Rebecca

  77. Another 100% and, as I am sure was the case with other Heyer readers, I didn’t even have to think about the questions.
    Thank you–definitely a bright spot today.
    Rebecca

  78. Another 100% and, as I am sure was the case with other Heyer readers, I didn’t even have to think about the questions.
    Thank you–definitely a bright spot today.
    Rebecca

  79. Another 100% and, as I am sure was the case with other Heyer readers, I didn’t even have to think about the questions.
    Thank you–definitely a bright spot today.
    Rebecca

  80. Another 100% and, as I am sure was the case with other Heyer readers, I didn’t even have to think about the questions.
    Thank you–definitely a bright spot today.
    Rebecca

  81. Yep! 10/10 – did I have another – Regency- life? As a questionable bloke??? Thank you Anne, that was fun. The cant is such a major part of the atmosphere which GH created.

  82. Yep! 10/10 – did I have another – Regency- life? As a questionable bloke??? Thank you Anne, that was fun. The cant is such a major part of the atmosphere which GH created.

  83. Yep! 10/10 – did I have another – Regency- life? As a questionable bloke??? Thank you Anne, that was fun. The cant is such a major part of the atmosphere which GH created.

  84. Yep! 10/10 – did I have another – Regency- life? As a questionable bloke??? Thank you Anne, that was fun. The cant is such a major part of the atmosphere which GH created.

  85. Yep! 10/10 – did I have another – Regency- life? As a questionable bloke??? Thank you Anne, that was fun. The cant is such a major part of the atmosphere which GH created.

  86. I’m so pleased you’ve all been enjoying this. And yes, I do seem to have made it too easy — but I am thrilled so many people scored so well. I shall put my thinking cap on and come up with another — hopefully slightly more challenging quiz. Stay tuned. . .

  87. I’m so pleased you’ve all been enjoying this. And yes, I do seem to have made it too easy — but I am thrilled so many people scored so well. I shall put my thinking cap on and come up with another — hopefully slightly more challenging quiz. Stay tuned. . .

  88. I’m so pleased you’ve all been enjoying this. And yes, I do seem to have made it too easy — but I am thrilled so many people scored so well. I shall put my thinking cap on and come up with another — hopefully slightly more challenging quiz. Stay tuned. . .

  89. I’m so pleased you’ve all been enjoying this. And yes, I do seem to have made it too easy — but I am thrilled so many people scored so well. I shall put my thinking cap on and come up with another — hopefully slightly more challenging quiz. Stay tuned. . .

  90. I’m so pleased you’ve all been enjoying this. And yes, I do seem to have made it too easy — but I am thrilled so many people scored so well. I shall put my thinking cap on and come up with another — hopefully slightly more challenging quiz. Stay tuned. . .

  91. Too many Regencies for me also, I got 100%! Also, I recall that “quiz” had a totally different slang meaning back then.

  92. Too many Regencies for me also, I got 100%! Also, I recall that “quiz” had a totally different slang meaning back then.

  93. Too many Regencies for me also, I got 100%! Also, I recall that “quiz” had a totally different slang meaning back then.

  94. Too many Regencies for me also, I got 100%! Also, I recall that “quiz” had a totally different slang meaning back then.

  95. Too many Regencies for me also, I got 100%! Also, I recall that “quiz” had a totally different slang meaning back then.

  96. 10 out of 10 – such fun! thanks Anne. I don’t think there’s any such thing as reading too much Heyer!

  97. 10 out of 10 – such fun! thanks Anne. I don’t think there’s any such thing as reading too much Heyer!

  98. 10 out of 10 – such fun! thanks Anne. I don’t think there’s any such thing as reading too much Heyer!

  99. 10 out of 10 – such fun! thanks Anne. I don’t think there’s any such thing as reading too much Heyer!

  100. 10 out of 10 – such fun! thanks Anne. I don’t think there’s any such thing as reading too much Heyer!

  101. 10/10…Many happy hours reading Heyer..still have an almost complete collection that has travelled with me for many, many years. It has resided in eight different homes over the years and I started collecting when I was 15 which was 42 years ago!

  102. 10/10…Many happy hours reading Heyer..still have an almost complete collection that has travelled with me for many, many years. It has resided in eight different homes over the years and I started collecting when I was 15 which was 42 years ago!

  103. 10/10…Many happy hours reading Heyer..still have an almost complete collection that has travelled with me for many, many years. It has resided in eight different homes over the years and I started collecting when I was 15 which was 42 years ago!

  104. 10/10…Many happy hours reading Heyer..still have an almost complete collection that has travelled with me for many, many years. It has resided in eight different homes over the years and I started collecting when I was 15 which was 42 years ago!

  105. 10/10…Many happy hours reading Heyer..still have an almost complete collection that has travelled with me for many, many years. It has resided in eight different homes over the years and I started collecting when I was 15 which was 42 years ago!

  106. 100% your readers (and me) are singularly devoted to the regency period. Keep those stories coming!!

  107. 100% your readers (and me) are singularly devoted to the regency period. Keep those stories coming!!

  108. 100% your readers (and me) are singularly devoted to the regency period. Keep those stories coming!!

  109. 100% your readers (and me) are singularly devoted to the regency period. Keep those stories coming!!

  110. 100% your readers (and me) are singularly devoted to the regency period. Keep those stories coming!!

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