Alert Janeite Bonnie sent me this link: Talk Like Jane Austen Day,
in Celebration of the 199th anniversary of the publishing of Sense and Sensibility, 30 October, 2010. This site has a growing list of words and language customs that Austen used that have lost their meaning to us – the list will be added to, so check back again… some examples:
Nice ~ fussy, over particular, affected
Numbers ~ not “twenty four”, but “four and twenty”
Only ~ use instead of “just” as in “Only think of the Marquis of Granby being dead.”
Own ~ use instead of admit as in “I own I think our political horizon still lowers”
Scruple ~ To doubt, to have reservations, as in “We have talked of it again this morning, and I am convinced that if you can make it suit in other respects you need not scruple on his account.”
and a link to Dr. Johnson’s Dictionary in case you want to look anything up…
Thanks Bonnie for passing this on!
[Posted by Deb]
I love it. It’s amazing how changing only a few words makes your sentences “sound” Regency.
You’re right Linda!
Deb, I loved the post! Thanks!
Thanks for the hints–been anxiously awaiting this day and
have been practicing with another Janeite at work.
Thanks Candace for visiting – I see they have added a good number of terms – we all need to keep practicing!