For well over twenty years since I first started my infatuation with the Regency Era, I have maintained a lexicon to help me decipher Georgette Heyer (follow the link to Frederica, my favorite of her books), and others. Then as I began to write in the genre in the years 2000, I put more emphasis on it.
I have seen a few others on the web, but I have not seen any as complete as the one maintained at Regency Assembly Press that I have contributed to.
Today are the letters X, Y and Z. You probably can guess what Yoked is, and if you have been following have seen how many different ways there is to say that. But do you know what Yaffling is?
With the emphasis that has been placed recently on Research there, with not only the Lexicon, but the Timelines, lives of the Prime Ministers, Dance Instruction and Regency Era Money, it is a growing resource for all Regency readers and writers. I urge everyone to have a look as it continues to grow.
I also provide here the next letter of the alphabet to entice you to visit that page. Or even bookmark it for when you need to look up a particular Regency term.
- Xantippe–The name of Socrates’s wife: now used to signify a shrew or scolding wife.
- To Yam–To eat or stuff heartily.
- Yankey, or Yankey Doodle–A booby, or country lout: a name given to the New England men in North America–A general appellation for an American.
- Yard Of Tin–The horn, generally a yard or so long, used by the guard of a mail coach or stage coach to warn of approach and departure.
- Yarmouth Capon–A red herring: Yarmouth is a famous place for curing herrings.
- Yarmouth Coach–A kind of low two-wheeled cart drawn by one horse, not much unlike an Irish car.
- Yarmouth Pye–A pye made of herrings highly spiced, which the city of Norwich is by charter bound to present annually to the king.
- Yea and Nay Man–A quaker, a simple fellow, one who can only answer yes, or no.
- Yellow–To look yellow; to be jealous–I happened to call on Mr–Green, who was out: on coming home, and finding me with his wife, he began to look confounded blue, and was, I thought, a little yellow.
- Yellow Belly–A native of the Fens of Licoinshire; an allusion to the eels caught there.
- Yellow Boy–1 pound 1 shilling, Guinea, yellow George, (approx $2100).
- Yellow George–1 pound 1 shilling, yellow boy, Guinea, (approx $2100).
- To Yelp–To cry out–Yelper; a town cryer, also one apt to make great complaints on trifling occasions.
- Yest–A contraction of yesterday.
- Yoked–Married–A yoke; the quantum of labour performed at one spell by husbandmen, the day’s work being divided in summer into three yokes–Kentish Term.
- Yorkshire Tyke–A Yorkshire clown–To come Yorkshire over any one; to cheat him.
- Young One–A familiar expression of contempt for another’s ignorance, as “ah! I See you’re a young one.” How d’ye do, young one?
- To Yowl–To cry aloud, or howl.
- Zad–Crooked like the letter Z–He is a mere zad, or perhaps zed; a description of a very crooked or deformed person.
- Zany–The jester, jack pudding, or merry andrew, to a mountebank.
- Zedland–Great part of the west country, where the letter Z is substituted for S; as zee for See, zun for sun.