Social Success: A Victorian Guide to Proper Pronunciation (Part Two)

After our first foray in to the world of proper pronunciation for Victorian ladies and gentleman, it seems that a second consideration of this weighty matter would not go amiss. After all, it is very important that a lady or gentleman not only looks the part, or acts the part, but also sounds the part. …

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Life And Style: The Victorian Language of Flowers (Lesson Three)

And so, once more, we are to delve into the secretive and mysterious world of the language of flowers. Except, with the help of Behind The Past, it will not be secretive and mysterious for you! And, as the April showers fall and spring begins to appear, who is to say that the new season …

Life And Style: The Victorian Language Of Flowers (Lesson Two)

As Valentine’s Day is very nearly upon us, Behind The Past has decided to aid and abet you in your romantic endeavours. And what better way to woo your beau than with the language of flowers? While some might claim that French is the language of love, this is only really helpful if you listened …

Life And Style: The Victorian Language Of Flowers (Lesson One)

Let us say that you open the door and find that you have been delivered a bouquet of flowers, or better still, that a servant has opened the door and brought you a bouquet of flowers. Your mind is all of a flutter with questions... Is there a note? Who is it from? But, more …

Social Success: How to Talk Like a Regency Buck (Lesson Three)

Under the tutelage of the esteemed Mr Grose, Behind The Past has once again delved into the murky depths of the Buckish world. This time focussng on slang which relates to food, we have compiled here a list of some sure-fire success-making words, to aid you in ingratiating yourself with your fellows Bucks. Adam’s Ale …

Social Success: How to Talk Like a Regency Buck (Lesson Two)

Although it does not always lead to (or, to be frank, rarely leads to) gentlemanly behaviour, drink is certainly a large feature on the social landscape of the Regency Buck. To that end, today’s guide to language will focus on that controversial substance: alcohol. And, once again courtesy of the esteemed Mr Grose, here are …

Social Success: How to Talk Like a Regency Buck

Today’s helpful guide is aimed for the aspiring Regency Buck, the fashionable gentleman, the man about town. Fitting in can be difficult at the best of times, but even harder if you don’t know the lingo. Using the words and phrases listed here, you’ll be able to talk the talk (although you may still have …

Social Success: Top Ten Regency Phrases and Expressions

A recent episode of Have I Got News For You included a discussion of Emojis as a form of language and communication, and it struck me how much language and communication can change (and, of course, stay the same). Emojis are, in a way, based on interpreting facial expressions. However, I should probably state here …