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.
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