So, I have this cool book called What Jane Austen Ate and Charles Dickens Knew by Daniel Pool. It's very fun for learning about the life and times of all things Victorian/Regency especially where books and authors are concerned. So, I thought it would be fun, (for my Blog Post Bingo definition post of course), to share with you some of the terms in the glossary that jump out at me:
apoplexy: a stroke
barouche: a four wheel fancy carriage with a fold-up hood at the back and with two inside seats facing each other
bespeak: to order something, like a dinner. Also, to ask a favor.
boot: a place in the coach where luggage was put
brougham: the all purpose everyday vehicle
chandler: Originally, a man who dealt in candles. Later, the corner grocer in poor neighborhoods.
crown: a coin worth five shillings
dowager: the name given to a widow of rank
esquire: a title conferring no rights or privileges, but simply an intangible sort of dignity . After awhile, anyone who wanted to seem respectable, used it.
farthing: a coin worth one quarter of a penny
garret: an attic
macintosh: rubberized waterproof clothing. Slow to take on because it smelled bad.
mute: a person hired to come to a funeral and mourn
paddock: a horse pasture
pomade: perfumed hair ointment made partly from apples
press: a cupboard or closet for storing clothes
rounders: a game like baseball
stile: a set of steps through or over a fence, which a human could use, but not the sheep
sugarplum: a roundish piece of flavored candy made mostly of sugar
turnkey: a jailer
Twelfth Night: January 5, the night before the twelfth day after Christmas, on which day Christmas festivities traditionally ended. January 6 was Epiphany.
waistcoat: a vest
weeds: mourning garments
yeoman: small independent farmer