This list is incomplete, non-exhaustive, and probably not even
alphabetized. If you've got more that could be added, lemme know.
For a long list of period terms used in Jane Austen novels, look at Language of "The
For a list of contemporary British slang, check out The Best of British.
- The Victorians used the term "breakfast" as a verb. "We are
breakfasting", "Have you breakfasted?", etc.
- A thin, hand-rolled cigarillo typically black or dark in color; a very
- A low rank held by a policeman in Britan. Usually a walks a beat and
reports to a police station (not a precinct). (Interestingly, Cheif
Constable is the highest rank a policeman can hold.)
Update: Lewis Griffiths, a fellow Victoran gamer and genuine Brit, has
checked in on this one. Here is the short list of
police ranks in England. Also, here is the official website of the "Met"
- A tight-fitting undergarment worn by women, designed to make them look
more shapely. Usually tied up in the back.
- A stiff fabric used underneath women's dresses (and occasionally in hats)
to expand the dress worn over it. Originally made of hair.
- Slang term meaning "neat" or "keen", i.e. "Oooh, very flash!" Also refers
to the bright flare of gunpowder. See also "report".
- A writing paper made in sheets, ordinarily 16 x 13 inches, and folded so
as to make a page 13 x 8 inches
- iron rations
- Used by the military (English? US? Both? Not sure.) in the 1870s to refer
to emergency food rations, esp those with a long shelf life. (And you thought
it originated in D&D...)
- a delicate euphamism for the genitals (I saw this in Charles Dickens'
Lamplighter short story)
- A undergarment worn under a skirt; a slip
- The sound of a gunshot. "Flash and report" refers to the bright flash of
gunpowder followed by the loud sound.
- "time out of mind"
- An idiom that communicates "longer than anyone can remember"