Sunday, December 23, 2007

Victorian Glossary, Part 2


Continuing with the linguistic terminology...

Bitters: Alcohol flavored with substances such a orange peel or wormwood.
Bloody: Often claimed to be a contraction or "By Our Lady". Most Victorians didn’t know the etymology, but they knew it was extremely bad language.
Bourgeoisie: People who’s income derives from investments or land, rather than from working.
Boxing Day: December 26th, a day where small gifts of money were made to servants and the needy.
Brevet: In effect, a temporary promotion to the next highest military rank, granting command authority but no increase in pay.
Brougham: A moderately priced carriage that many middle-class families could afford, with a closed body and two or four wheels, and usually pronounced "broom" or "brome" Especially favored by physicians.
Chapel: Often used to refer to a place of worship and used by Dissenters; contrasts with the "church".
Chemist: A seller of drugs and related products.
College: In British usage, one of the subdivisions of Cambridge or Oxford, with its own grounds where some students, and some instructors resided, dined, socialized, and sometimes studied. Each college provided tutors for its undergraduates.
Commanding Officer: In the 19th century, an officer other than the ship’s captain or master who is temporarily in command; the phrase never means the captain, who is simply "the captain".
Stoddard, W.H. (2000) - Gurps Steampunk, pg. 142, SJG:Austin
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4 comments:

Edward Pearse, Earl of Primbroke said...

Don't forget that Bourgeoisie was a term used by the lower classes. The legal definition of a "Gentleman" was someone who did not derive his income from work.

Thus a Solicitor, who worked, was unable to be a Gentleman, but a Barrister, who received "gratuities", could be.

Dr. Rafael Fabre said...

Hm... point well taken - ty, sir!

Frau Lowey said...

This is very informative, my I have permission to link to these posts in the note card library I give to newcomers to the various Victorian and Steampunk sims?

Dr. Rafael Fabre said...

Certainly, Frau Lowey... please use what you find pertinent for your note cards. If there is anything else in the blog you wish to avail yourself, please do so.