Posted by Captain Everett on July 06, 1998 at 21:11:14:
In response to Impolite Conversation: Need Regency "guy talk" info, written by Genette on July 05, 1998 at 09:59:57
] In a nutshell, how would a guy in Regency times say that a girl looks "hot" (or "built" or "is loose" or the like)? [snip]
Frances Grose, in his Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue (1814) gives many examples referring to women who would be...um...not quite Ladies. Most of which would probably be too far on the vulgar side in your context, or refer more to prostitutes. However, you might add:
PIECE. A wench. A damned good or bad piece; a girl who is more or less active and skilful in the amourous congress.
DELLS. Young buxom wenches, ripe and prone to venery, but who have not lost their virginity.
BIDDY, or CHICK-A-BIDDY. A chicken, and figuratively a young wench.
Rum referred to anything good, fine, or vuluable. eg. Rum Blowen - a handsome wench. Rum Doxy - a fine wench.
The Dictionary also contains a very varied selection of terms for various parts of the anatomy, sexual acts, and "professional" women, which to refrain from obviating the Boards PG-13 standards, I shall not mention. I will however, leave you with one more reference to a "loose" woman.
SHORT-HEELED WENCH. A girl apt to fall on her back.
I remain, etc.
PS - If you have more specific terminology needed you can request it here, or e-mail me.
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