Part of the charm of the Regency Romance era genre is the wonderfully colorful language…particularly the Americanized version so beloved of Georgette Heyer’s many fans. However, Regencies can sometimes be a challenge to decipher since young Regency Bucks (and occasionally even the more dashing young ladies) would make liberal use of thieves and sporting cant…or slang. Think of it as their version of being Hip or Cool. Most of the time the meaning is easily taken from the context; but for those times when one runs across a word or two that completely stymies them…we present our guide to Regency Era Slang.
Do you love old-fashioned Regency Romance novels?
Will a genuinely old-fashioned Regency Romance that was actually written 35 years ago–but has only been recently published–that includes a wealthy, slightly older, not-so-helpless fine lady who curses (lightly), regularly insults the hero, knows how to ride, shoot, drink, throw a punch and darn well rescue herself when necessary, suffice? If so, you might want to check out my Regency Romance novel A Very Merry Chase. Is it great literature for the generations? Probably not–but it is a fun read in the tradition of the comedy of errors/manners vein that will, amuse and entertain. The first chapter is available online for free.