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Did you ever wonder what a Cabriolet was, or who Croesus was and why he was so rich, or which servant in a Regency household had the unhappy task of emptying the chamber pots?
 
Historical Tidbit Offered by Mary Spencer author

A GUIDE TO THE FAIR SEX

Riddle: When might a woman be called an ape, an overnight bag, an article of clothing and a valuably-worthless jewel? Why, when she was a woman of the Regency period.

This month, take a gander at some of the strange, humorous and often uncomplimentary terms sometimes used to define women in the early 1800's.

Ape leader - An old maid; their punishment for not multiplying is to lead apes in hell.
Article - A wench. A pretty girl. "She's a prime article."
Baggage - A familiar term for women and children. "She's a cunning baggage."
Bluestocking - A learned female who neglects the social graces.
Chit - A young girl.
Devil's daughter - One who has married a termagant has wed the Devil's daughter.
Hussy - An abbreviation of housewife, used as a term of reproach.
Jade - A term of reproach to women, meaning worthless.
Long Meg - An insulting name for a very tall woman.
Milk-and-water miss - An insipid girl devoid of interesting conversation.
Toad Eater - A poor female relation in a great family subjected to all whims. Swallowing toads is likened to swallowing or putting up with insults.
Wet Goose - A very stupid girl.

Glossary info came from The Regency Companion by Sharon Laudermilk and Teresa L. Hamlin


 
     
 
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