|Francis Grose, author of Dictionary of he Vulgar Tongue|
Since I am a writer, language captivates me, especially in the way it relates to a culture. With three teen aged sons living at home I get to hear a lot of the slang they encounter. I never cease to be fascinated by the terms that come up, and how often I haven't a clue what they are referring to.
Since every era has its own unique slang, I thought it would be interesting to share some Regency era slang from time to time. Today's offering: calling out a fool in a Regency appropriate way.
To Describe a Fool Plainly
- Beetle-headed, Buffle-headed, Chuckle-headed, Fat Headed, Leatherheaded, Mutton-headed
- Bird-witted: Inconsiderate, thoughtless, easily imposed on.
- A poor honey: a harmless, foolish, good-natured fellow.
- A hubble-bubble fellow: a man of confused ideas, or one thick of speech, whose words sound like water bubbling out of a bottle.
- He is no burner of navigable rivers: he is no man of extraordinary abilities; or, rather, he is but a simple fellow.
- He is a young chub, or a mere chub: a foolish fellow, easily imposed on: an allusion to a fish of that name, easily taken.
- His garret, or upper story is empty, or unfurnished: He has no brains, he is a fool.
- He is like a rope-dancer's pole, lead at both ends: a saying of a stupid sluggish fellow.
- Pudding-headed Fellow: A stupid fellow, one whose brains are all in confusion.
- He was rocked in a stone kitchen: his brains having been disordered by the jumbling of his cradle.
- Sleeveless Errand: A fool's errand, in search of what it is impossible to find.
- Bam. A jocular imposition, the same as a humbug. See
- Humbug. Bamboozle. To make a fool of any one, to humbug or impose on him.
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