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Regency Lexicon – The Letters “X,” “Y,” and “Z”

Regency Era Lexicon – We’re Coming to the End – X, Y, and Z xebec – a small three-masted Mediterranean vessel with both square and lateen sails, originally used by Algerian pirates and later used for commerce yager – a … Continue reading

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Regency Lexicon – The Letter “W”

Regency Era Lexicon – Nearing the End: We’re at “W” wafer – made of flour and gum; one dampened the wafer and then placed it on a letter to seal it waggonette – a four-wheel lightweight carriage; used for pleasure … Continue reading

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Regency Lexicon – We Are Up to “U” and “V”

Regency Era Lexicon – Now For “U” and “V” union – short for a workhouse; usually built by a union of several individual parishes up – used in referring to moving toward London; used in referring to coaches (and later … Continue reading

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Regency Era Lexicon – Continuing on to the Letter “S”

Regency Era Lexicon – Continues with the Letter “S” s. – the abbreviation for shilling (a shilling is a English silver coin worth twelvepence; 20 shillings = one pound) Sabbatarians – VERY strict observers of the Sabbath sack – a … Continue reading

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Regency Era Lexicon – The Letter “R”

Regency Era Lexicon – “R” Is Next on Our List R. A. – member of the Royal Academy, which was founded by George III Radcliffe, Ann – was an English author, and a pioneer of the Gothic novel. Her style … Continue reading

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Regency Era Lexicon – The Letters “P” and “Q”

Regency Era Lexicon – The Letters “P” and “Q” packet – a ship carrying mail (and occasionally passengers) along a regularly defined route packman – a peddler of ladies’ goods (linen and cotton) paddock – a horse pasture page – … Continue reading

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Regency Era Lexicon – Next Comes “N” and “O”

Regency Era Lexicon – And Then We Find “N” and “O” national school – schools set up by the Church of England’s National Society for Promoting the Education of the Poor in the Principles of the Established Church throughout England … Continue reading

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Regency Era Lexicon – “L” Is Followed by “M”

M.P. – a member of Parliament macintosh – (not a computer by Apple) invented by Charles Macintosh in the 1820s; rubberized waterproof clothing; originally these smelled “terrible” madeira – a sweet white wine magic lantern – The magic lantern has … Continue reading

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Regency Era Lexicon – We’re Up to the Letter “L”

Regency Era Lexicon – We’re Up to the Letter “L” £ – symbol for the pound, a monetary unit Ladies’ Mile – a road in Hyde Park set aside for women Lady – used in the following manner: colloquially used … Continue reading

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Regency Era Lexicon – Letters “I,” “J,” and “K”

Regency Era Lexicon – the Letters “I” and “J” and “K” Imperial – the term “imperial” designated the officially adopted uniform system of weights and measures that replaced the MANY different standards that the English had used prior to 1820 … Continue reading

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