Regency Slang

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abigail A lady’s maid.
Ace of Spades A widow.
a fudge A false rumor. Also referred to as a damned hum.
all the crack To be very fashionable.
angelic Simple young women.
Apartments to Let A widow on the catch. Also referred to as empty-headed and shallow cove.
ape-drunk To be very drunk. Also referred to as drunk as a wheelbarrow.
ape-leader An old maid or spinster. (Their punishment after death for failing to procreate, it was said, would be to lead the apes into hell.)
a trifle disguised To be slightly drunk. Also referred to as half-sprung.


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