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.
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 few letters 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. In the last few weeks since I first posted this, I found and am incorporating a new resource to the list. It is greatly expanded the main list and now I present again the letter E.
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- Eaten Hull Cheese–Drunk.
- Earnest–A deposit in part of payment, to bind a bargain.
- Earth Bath–A Grave.
- Easy–Make the cull easy or quiet; gag or kill him. As easy as pissing the bed.
- Easy Virtue–A lady of easy virtue: an impure or prostitute.
- Eat–To eat like a beggar man, and wag his under jaw; a jocular reproach to a proud man. To eat one’s words; to retract what one has said.
- To Edge–To excite, stimulate, or provoke; or as it is vulgarly called, to egg a man on. Fall back, fall edge; i.e. let what will happen. Some derive to egg on, from the Latin word, Age, Age.
- Eight Eyes–I will knock out two of your eight eyes; a common Billingsgate threat from one fish nymph to another: every woman, according to the naturalists of that society, having eight eyes; viz. two seeing eyes, two bub-eyes, a bell-eye, two pope’s eyes, and a ***-eye. He has fallen down and trod upon his eye; said of one who has a black eye.
- Elbow Grease–Labour. Elbow grease will make an oak table shine.
- Elbow Room–Sufficient space to act in. Out at elbows; said of an estate that is mortgaged.
- Elbow Shaker–A gamester, one who rattles Saint Hugh’s bones, i.e. the dice.
- Ellenborough Lodge–The King’s Bench Prison. Lord Ellenborough’s teeth; the chevaux de frize round the top of the wall of that prison.
- Elf–A fairy or hobgoblin, a little man or woman.
- Emperor–Drunk as an emperor, i.e. ten times as drunk as a lord.
- English Burgundy–Porter.
- Ensign Bearer–A drunken man, who looks red in the face, or hoists his colours in his drink.
- Entail–An inheritance of real property which cannot be sold by the owner but which passes by law to the owner’s heir upon his death–The purpose of an entail was to keep the land of a family intact in the main line of succession–The heir to an entailed estate could not sell the land, or bequeath it to anyone but his direct heir–Some entails were tied to a title and were defined in the original letters patent granting the title–The complications arising from entails were an important factor in the life of many of the upper classes, leaving many individuals wealthy in land but still heavily in debt.
- Equiot–Rich; also, having new clothes. Well equipt; full of money, or well dressed. The cull equipped me with a brace of meggs; the gentleman furnished me with. a couple of guineas.
- Essex Lion–A calf; Essex being famous for calves, and chiefly supplying the London markets.
- Essex Stile–A ditch; a great part of Essex is low marshy ground, in which there are more ditches than Stiles.
- Eternity Box–A coffin.
- Eves–Hen roosts.
- Eve’s Custom-House–where Adam made his first entry. The monosyllable.
- Eves Dropper–One that lurks about to rob hen-roosts; also a listener at doors and windows, to hear private conversation.
- Evil–A halter. Cant, Also a wife.
- Ewe–A white ewe; a beautiful woman. An old ewe, drest lamb fashion; an old woman, drest like a young girl.
- Execution Day–Washing day.
- Expended–Killed: alluding to the gunner’s accounts, wherein the articles consumed are charged under the title of expended. Sea phrase.
- Eye–It’s all my eye and Betty Martin. It’s all nonsense, all mere stuff.
- Eye-Sore–A disagreeable object. It will be an eye-sore as long as she lives, said by a limn whose wife was cut for a fistula in ano.