We are delighted to welcome not one, but two hugely talented authors to Sinfully today. Ava March and K.J. Charles have popped in on their Regency Romance tour for the release of A Fashionable Indulgence by K.J. Charles and Viscount’s Wager by Ava March. Want to be enlighten on some regency slang? Well read on it’s hilarious.
12 Bits of Regency Slang We Didn’t Make Up
The Regency era had its fair share of slang, and some expressions were so weird as to verge on unbelievable. To aid you in your Regency readings, we’ve collected 12 of the more peculiar slang terms with their definitions and an explanation for each.
- Ape-leader = an old spinster or unmarried woman. It was said the punishment for not marrying and having children was to be the leader of the apes in Hell.
- Cock up one’s toes = to die. Which kind of makes sense, because one’s toes are pointing up when you’re six feet under.
- Drunk as a wheelbarrow = to be very drunk. Because wheelbarrows are frequently drunk, after all.
- Swimming in lard = to be very rich. Well-larded was another term for the same thing (as in adding fat to a joint of meat to keep it rich). In the days before cheap processed food, the link between wealth and body weight was pretty direct, so a lot of terms for riches suggest being fat. We doubt wealthy people actually swam in lard though. Ew.
- Barking-irons = another word for guns or pistols. Kind of makes sense if you think about the noise of a gun going off.
- Properly shot in the neck = to be drunk. The ‘properly’ is the important part. You wouldn’t want to be improperly drunk, would you? Drunk people might also be queer in the attic, spoony, lush (recorded in 1812!), under the table, or drunk as Chloe. We don’t know who Chloe was, but we like her.
- Shut your bone-box! = shut up. You might also be asked to shut your gab, pan, clapper, or potato trap, to stow magging, or simply to ‘go shove your mother’s sister’s devil’. We have no idea what your mother’s sister has to do with it, unless she was Aunt Chloe, in which case that’s a mystery solved.
- Haymarket ware = cheap prostitutes. Haymarket was a seedy area where you could very easily buy a prostitute’s services.
- Blow me tight into a gin shop! = exclamation of surprise. You could also use ‘blow my dickey!’ We’re not sure where these come from but they sound like a fantastic plan for the evening.
- Gammon and spinach! = Nonsense! ‘Gammon’ could be used on its own to express disbelief, but never ‘spinach’. This exclamation is first recorded in 1807; KJ’s grandmother was using it in the early 1990s.
- Done to a cow’s thumb = to be so tired as to be at the point of almost fainting…but cows don’t have thumbs, so…
And our favorite of the bunch:
- · Dicked in the nob = to be crazy. Yeaaaaah.
If you can work these Regency slang terms into a conversation over the next week, you will win the admiration and esteem of all those around you. Or, more likely, befuddled stares from your friends. Just tell them you’re dicked in the nob.
Viscount’s Wager (Gambling on Love #3)
Publisher ~ Carina Press
Published ~ 10th August 2015
Genre ~ Regency Historical M/M Romance
You never forget your first love, but is a second chance worth the gamble?
Anthony, Viscount Rawling, knows exactly what he wants in life and he isn't above having a look about London for it. When he spots recently widowed Gabriel Tilden at a ton function, he thinks he might have found love…again.
Gabriel is as gorgeous and reserved as he was when he broke Anthony's heart seven years ago. But they were only adolescents then…surely Anthony won't hold the incident against him. And especially not when the attraction between them is stronger than ever.
Gabriel came to London in search of distraction, and a teasing Anthony is impossible to resist. As Anthony introduces Gabriel to the pleasures that can be found in the city—and in his bedchamber—their bond deepens into something more. Yet both men are hiding secrets that could pull them apart forever…
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A Fashionable Indulgence
Published ~ 11th August 2015
Genre ~ Regency Historical M/M Romance
In the first novel of an explosive new series from K. J. Charles, a young gentleman and his elegant mentor fight for love in a world of wealth, power, and manipulation.
When he learns that he could be the heir to an unexpected fortune, Harry Vane rejects his past as a Radical fighting for government reform and sets about wooing his lovely cousin. But his heart is captured instead by the most beautiful, chic man he’s ever met: the dandy tasked with instructing him in the manners and style of the ton. Harry’s new station demands conformity—and yet the one thing he desires is a taste of the wrong pair of lips.
After witnessing firsthand the horrors of Waterloo, Julius Norreys sought refuge behind the luxurious facade of the upper crust. Now he concerns himself exclusively with the cut of his coat and the quality of his boots. And yet his protégé is so unblemished by cynicism that he inspires the first flare of genuine desire Julius has felt in years. He cannot protect Harry from the worst excesses of society. But together they can withstand the high price of passion.