Regency Literature: A Regency Joke?

Published in the August 1806 edition of The Lady’s Monthly Museum, I found this little tidbit which appears to be a joke: Below that one was this amusing anecdote: Hopefully that made you smile (or laugh), too!

Regency Words: Quiz

Cruikshank's Dandies

  Grose’s Classical Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue, 1823 The term quiz didn’t start appearing in cant dictionaries until the 19th century. I found the usage of quiz to mean an odd fellow in a Maria Edgeworth book from 1806 (Moral tales for Young People). Chambers’s Etymological Dictionary of the English Language, 1904 Most etymological references cite this incident in Dublin as the origin: “According to B.H.Smart, … Expand

Regency Household: A Bed for a Young Lady

Published in the Collection of Designs for Household Furniture and Interior Decoration, 1805 I would find it terrifying (and maybe a bit titillating) to have those half naked young dudes peeping down at me while I slept, but I love to think about this being the bed Cathy slept at whilst at Northanger.

Regency Health and Medicine: A Receipt for Pomade Divine

The New Practice of Cookery, Pastry, Baking, and Preserving (1804) A multipurpose skin balm for a variety of ailments, Pommade Divine is still made today (although the recipe is different than the homemade version).  For a complete history, see their website here: https://pommadedivine.com/pages/our-history