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Date: Jul 14 4:54 AM, 2018
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Mini,

Thanks for the tip. The book arrived yesterday.

I immediately looked up "trike," the name the rejected prostitute called Ross when he turned her out of his room, but the only definition listed was "tricycle." Sigh. From what Ross said, I assumed it meant "homosexual," but I was curious about the origin. 

 



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Date: Jul 11 11:47 AM, 2018
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Stella Poldark wrote:
I like the term "abed" although I wonder if it was used by the landed gentry, and Demelza's phrase of "betwixt and between".

Thinking about it again - I'm not so sure about "abed", but I do find Winston Graham's way of expressing desire between Ross and Demelza extremely sexy, e.g. Ross's "I want you" or "Let me have you", as well as Demelza's "Don't take me if you h-hate me". Whenever I come across these lines, I feel like I'd happily swap all the modern gender equality for any one of them!



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Mini wrote:

Eric Partridge, "The Penguin Dictionary Of Historical Slang", ISBN 10: 014051046X / ISBN 13: 9780140510461, Published by Penguin, London, 1972. Abridged by Jacqueline Simpson.

 

https://www.abebooks.com/servlet/BookDetailsPL?bi=1428812889&searchurl=sortby%3D17%26an%3Deric%2Bpatridge&cm_sp=snippet-_-srp1-_-title1

 

I love slang and euphemisms, etc. and I have a small collection of books on the subject which I dip into now and then for enjoyment. Partridge's book is the most comprehensive one I've found.

 

 Mini - Thanks for this information but I have already ordered from Amazon UK.



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Eric Partridge, "The Penguin Dictionary Of Historical Slang", ISBN 10: 014051046X / ISBN 13: 9780140510461, Published by Penguin, London, 1972. Abridged by Jacqueline Simpson.

 

https://www.abebooks.com/servlet/BookDetailsPL?bi=1428812889&searchurl=sortby%3D17%26an%3Deric%2Bpatridge&cm_sp=snippet-_-srp1-_-title1

 

I love slang and euphemisms, etc. and I have a small collection of books on the subject which I dip into now and then for enjoyment. Partridge's book is the most comprehensive one I've found.

 


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Mini wrote:

The Penguin Dictionary Of Historical Slang (one of my favourite reads!) gives 'betwixt and between' as colloquial from about 1830.


 Mini - I would love to read this book but cannot find it. Can you post the ISBN number please with the publisher?



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The Penguin Dictionary Of Historical Slang (one of my favourite reads!) gives 'betwixt and between' as colloquial from about 1830.



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It's nice to know I'm not alone in it, Stella

I do like "betwixt and between" a lot, too. How surprised I was when I recently saw this phrase used in a footbal world cup commentary! Do you happen to write any of these?



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Blackleburr wrote:

On phrases and expressions, I was wondering what your thoughts are on some of the lines used frequently in the TV series but not so much in the books (or at least I don't recall them as featuring prominently in the books). Two examples I had in mind are:

1. "What's amiss? / Is something amiss?" - It seems to be used quite often by different characters, both high and low class, in the series. So often, in fact, that I almost started using it in everyday conversation, too... (but then, it's possible that I have simply been watching Poldark too much).

2. Ross's signature: "Try me!" - I don't think he ever says these words exactly in the books - but the phrase suits him quite well on TV.

Do you know how period accurate these expressions are? Would you like them being used less/more?


 Blackleburr - I love the phrase "Is something amiss?" as it sounds right for that time and I, too, find myself on the verge of using it myself. In contrast "Try me" sounds very modern and doesn't sound at all right for that time. 

I like the term "abed" although I wonder if it was used by the landed gentry, and Demelza's phrase of "betwixt and between".



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On phrases and expressions, I was wondering what your thoughts are on some of the lines used frequently in the TV series but not so much in the books (or at least I don't recall them as featuring prominently in the books). Two examples I had in mind are:

1. "What's amiss? / Is something amiss?" - It seems to be used quite often by different characters, both high and low class, in the series. So often, in fact, that I almost started using it in everyday conversation, too... (but then, it's possible that I have simply been watching Poldark too much).

2. Ross's signature: "Try me!" - I don't think he ever says these words exactly in the books - but the phrase suits him quite well on TV.

Do you know how period accurate these expressions are? Would you like them being used less/more?



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"Having The Wobblies" is much the same as having a moment though I don't think it's in the books, however I'm sure Jud and Prudie and several other rich Sawle characters said quite a few as WG was fond of using them frequently. Demelza included.....



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