I’m on a personal deadline to finish my book, so I went light on my blog post this week. While not necessarily informative, I hope it’s at least a little fun.
These past several weeks, I’ve been listening (yeah, listening — I spend 2 hours a day shuttling the kids to/from school and it’s about the only way I read books anymore) to several Heyer books and thoroughly enjoying each one of them.
In the process of listening (and when I’m at a red light or in traffic), I’ve taken to jotting down some of my favorite expressions. Here’s a handful, with some helpful “how to use them” expressions (when I could figure out how to use them) and layman’s definitions:
- Inculcated — to implant by repeated statement or admonition (followed by “upon” or “in”); to cause or influence someone to accept an idea (followed by “with”). “I have inculcated upon her the importance of two glasses of wine a night.”
- Most provoking creature — a pest; a nuisance; someone who ticks you off. “My daughter-in-law is the most provoking creature!”
- Equanimity — mental/emotional stability, particularly under stress. “I could tolerate the run on the market with perfect equanimity.”
- Gratification — pleasure. “With gratification, I accepted a fifth helping of chocolate cake.”
- Obliged to — to place under a debt of gratitude. “I’m most obliged to you for furnishing me with the direction to the nearest bar.”
- Monsterously in the wind — in debt. “After losing all my blunt at the faro bank, I’m monsterously in the wind.”
- Spanish coin — false compliments. “I know I look a fright, so don’t give me any of your spanish coin.”
- Flummery — bullshit; complete nonsense or foolish humbug. “Sarah Palin is president?!? What complete and total flummery!”
- All the crack — all the rage; what everyone is doing. “Just because taking snuff is all the crack doesn’t mean Lady Alastair should do it.”
- Spinney — a small wood or thicket. “Lady Eloise hit the croquet ball into the spinney and it hasn’t been seen since.”
- First stare — most fashionable. “Beau Brummell was a fashionista of the first stare.”
- Doesn’t signify — not important. “That Lady Jessica was found alone in another man’s bed doesn’t signify! Now if he’d been found in bed with her…well!”
- Loose fish — troublemaker. “Any boy who sneaks a peek at a lady’s drawers is bound to end up a loose fish.”
- Put to the blush — embarrassed. “Miss Eva’s gown ripped completely in two. She was positively put to the blush.”
What wonderful, funny, or illuminating expressions have you read in books that have stuck with you?