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8th Day of Christmas: Favorite New Word or Phrase you’ve picked up from a book…

The winner of yesterday’s $75 gift card to Amazon or Barnes & Noble is: Miki!

12 Days of Christmas

Today’s random question for a chance to win a signed paperback from my back list is: What is your favorite term that you learned from reading a historical romance?

Mine is Ice Queen.

Living in a house full of boys–heck, even the dog is male!–I feel like a queen. But, contrary to what one might think due to me being a writer of romance, I’m not overly affectionate. It takes a while for me to warm up to new people. And even with my husband sometimes I’m not always warm and sweet. So in a way, as strange as it might seem, I think if I were to live in those times, I’d be what the gentlemen at White’s would call an Ice Queen. Plus, you have to admit the mental image that comes to mind is humorous.

And now for the answers from yesterday’s quiz:

  1. A couple could get an annulment for lack of consummating their marriage? — False. A marriage could not be annulled based on non-consummation alone, i.e. if the couple just didn’t like each other or had been married by proxy. The reason for the non-consummation had to be due to impotence and even that had to be proved publicly.
  2. Duke was the highest title not held by a royal?–True. There are, however, archdukes who are above dukes, but they are considered royals.
  3. People ate Yule Logs (long cakes decorated to look like logs) at Christmas time. —False. As someone said, it was truly just a log.
  4. An earl’s children are styled Lord First Name (for his son) and Lady First Name (for his daughter)?–False. This was a trick question of sorts. An earl’s daughter (no matter if she were the first or the 5th is Lady First Name. The boys, however, were just Mr. Last Name, with the exception of the oldest. If the earl held any minor titles, his oldest son would receive the highest of those. If not, he’d just be a mere mister, heir to the title. Marquesses and Dukes younger sons were the ones styled Lord First Name.)
  5. In early December a large Christmas tree was erected in front of St. Gregory’s church. This was a large social event that even the Prince Regent attended.–False. I made this completely up and cannot find anything to suggest that I made up a true fact. Everything I’ve ever read on Christmas in Regency times states that those in the city were less likely to even decorate for Christmas with yule logs, mistletoe, boughs and other items than those in the country. It wasn’t until after Charles Dickens wrote A Christmas Carol in 1843 that celebrating and decorating while in Town became the popular thing to do. As for the city putting up a Christmas tree for all of it’s citizens to enjoy…unheard of at the time, particularly since Christmas trees themselves didn’t become popular in England until after Queen Victoria and Prince Albert were featured in the paper standing by theirs.
  6. Tinsel was all the rage–so much so that most trees looked silver!–False. Tinsel was a German tradition, not English.
  7. Children were visited on the night of December 24th by a jolly, slightly overweight fellow named Kris Kringle who’d leave them little treats their parents wouldn’t approve of. — False. The Germans believed in Kris Kringle, the English lads and lasses believed in Father Christmas.
  8. Mistletoe was hung over common walkways–True and False. As someone mentioned the wording was a bit misleading. I’d meant in common walkways around the house… But I can see where it might have been thought common walkways as in public places. So yes, drawing rooms, foyers, hallways, and any other common room in one’s house (maybe even a few private rooms, too…) were all decorated with mistletoe. Outside? Probably not.

Bonus Question:

Would Lady Olivia Sinclair would have been a hoarder of mistletoe? —True. Not only would it serve her purposes to trap someone into kissing her, but mistletoe was also used for medicinal purpose such as increased fertility (something none of us want for Lady O) or to be an antedate for poison. Since Lady O is always in need of medicine, and a hoarder of everything she’s ever touched, no less, then yes, I do believe she’d have been a hoarder of mistletoe, too!

There you have it. I hope you learned at least something from me today and now I an learn something from you: your favorite term learned from a historical romance!

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47 thoughts on “8th Day of Christmas: Favorite New Word or Phrase you’ve picked up from a book…

  1. Simi beat me to it. There are so many great ones but “Love Musket” stands out (no pun intended) first in my mind. I can remember laughing so hard I had tears coming out of my eyes. Then I could barely stop laughing to tell my husband what was so funny. The funny thing is my husband still likes to say this to make me laugh.
    Now if I were to pick something non Rose Gordon it would probably have to be any exclamation with “deuce” in it. Which I think was another way of saying devil back then.as in “Deuce take it” or “What the Deuce”

    • Good grief, what kind of naughty books are you and Simi reading???

      I’ve used the deuce take it or something similar, but only a handful of times. I read a book a few years ago that had it on almost every page. It was dratted annoying, it was.

      • I read a series of books where that was the main explicative. Like you said almost on every page and by the end of series I found my self saying it a few times just for the fun of it. It made my husband laugh.

  2. “Pocket Venuses.” It was used to describe two petite sisters that had thick golden curls, generous curves and tiny waists.

  3. I can totally relate to the Ice Queen term as well and it totally reflects how I would probably be portrayed as well lol. I love reading things like, jolly good and bloodly hell…they always make me laugh since we don’t talk like that…you know as I practice in my totally un-British accent 🙂

  4. Sarah beat me! I have incorporated “what the deuce” into everyday speech. I also wish that it were appropriate to yell “be damned to that!” One day I’ll find an opportunity. 🙂

    • Last April I was in Chicago in the car with a friend who was driving us from the airport to the hotel and every few miles we had to stop and pay a toll, and if that isn’t bad enough, she missed an exit, so we had to turn around and to through two more toll booths. In a situation like that, I’d think “be damned to that!” would have been totally appropriate.

      • Yes, I would have to agree! That would make even the most proper lady need to utter some expletives! What the deuce is the point of those tolls?! Lol… I had to log back in to post another one. I’m not sure why most everyone’s mind jumped to naughty regency words but… when in Rome… I love the word ” tup”… It’s not one I could ever imagine needing to use in real life. I think I’d get laughed at!

  5. There are so many good phrases from that time period. Althouhg I’m with a lot of people here Love Musket has got to be one of the top ones I got from reading a Regency. I really get a kick out of some of the ways women were discribed, Dimond of the First Water, Incomparable. And someday when I’m upset I’m just going to tell someone to name their second and walk away.

    • Oh no, back to that naughty phrase again. Who would dare put such filth in a book?

      I can see where incomparable comes from. It just means nobody could compare to her beauty. So I can see that one. I have a book somewhere around here that explains the phrase about the the diamond of the first water and it came about from gem trading lingo. Diamonds are judged on how translucent and water like they are. So the most beautiful and most valuable are the ones that are the most transparent.

      • Am I the only one who finds it ironic then that the TON would refer to women as Dimonds of the first Water then when the Ton was not really about transparency but about a projected image of one self. Not that we are much different today.
        I’m glad to learn the history behind that phrase though, I love learning little tid bits like that.
        You might want to worry about your readers who are all reading such naughty books with that phrase in it.

  6. You just made my day!! Thank you so so much ( do i need to write to you or do i need to wait an email?) You made my christmas wonderful thank you!!

    You test with the answers is very instructive and yes i learned quite a lot now as a favourite term…i can’t think of any ( perhaps because i’m so happy and jumping that my mind is too busy or it’s because i’m mixing english and my native language^^ if i find one i will come to tell you^^

    thank you!!!

  7. I just love the way some books say, “It’s of no account”. It just makes me feel so proper. I also heard someone once read “appendage” in their book and although it isn’t an unknown word, it was knew to my historical novels vocabulary!

  8. I have to agree with the others, my favorite is “love musket”. I was drinking a lemonade when I was reading that part of the book, i remember i laugh so hard the lemonade when into my nose, it was horrible and funny at the same time lol. My family thought I was delusional i couldn’t stop laughing.

  9. I’m going to say Lady Bird. I never heard it before and while I don’t like what it means, I like the sound of it.

    • That’s one of my favorites, too. I even like to just think of synonyms for ladybird like strumpet, trollop, nightwalker, lady of the night, light ‘o love, bit of muslin, demirep, the list goes on and on.

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