Regency Slang Quiz #4

Anne here, with a little bit of fun for the holiday season — my fourth Regency Slang Quiz. As usual with my quizzes, you'll need a pen and paper to note down your answers, then click on the link at the bottom to check your results, and come back and tell us how you went. Cake

1) To be a trifle disguised means:—
    a) you’re wearing a mask, not a full costume
    b) to be slightly drunk
    c) to be short of money
    d) to be acting shiftily

2) If you make a cake of yourself, you are:—
a) overdressed, with too many jewels
    b) overdoing things
    c) pretending to act sweet (but you’re not sweet at all)
    d) making a fool of yourself

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Bouncers, Rattlepates and Popinjays—Let’s Talk Regency!

RegencyBuckAndrea/Cara here, No, it’s not a fudge or a Banbury tale! Today I’m going to prose on a bit about Regency cant all the delightful top-of-the-trees expressions that color the era. (I’ll try not to be a windsucker, or to make a cake of myself.)

Like many of you, I fell under the spell of Regency romance on reading Pride and Prejudice. For me, Austen created an endlessly fascinating world—her sharp and slyly witty views on society, family and the elemental tensions of falling love really captured my fancy (honestly, who can resist balls at Netherfield or Mr. Darcy?)

Blue hatBut it was reading Georgette Heyer’s delightful novels that really made me want to write Regency romance. I think part of it was the wonderfully evocative cant she sprinkled so liberally throughout her pages. Expression like “ape-leader,” “under the hatches” or “in his cups” were such fun! They added wonderful color and texture to the stories and helped whisk me away from the ordinary, everyday world to a more exotic—and magical—place.

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