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Get together 1

A little while ago I posted about the word picnic. Well, yesterday I was writing along and decided I really should look up the term ‘get together.’ I’ve know I’ve used it before, but for some strange reason I never checked it for accuracy. You can imagine my dismay when I discovered that as an adjective or a noun there was no recorded usage before 1898 and it was a US term.

From the OED: colloquial (originally U.S.).

  1. adj. noun

Of a social function: that enables people to get together, esp. informally. Also (of attitudes, etc.): favouring social interaction and cooperation.

1898   Congregationalist(Boston, Mass.)  29 Dec. 982/1  The Get-Together Club is not really an organization; it simply gets together, eats, and talks. Some listen.

Ergo, I immediately clicked the thesauruses and found two synonyms. The first is

1761 ‘free and easy’ an informal gathering for singing or similar entertainment, at which drinking and smoking are also permitted; a smoking concert.

I found this interesting, but it didn’t match the type of entertainment I envisioned.

The second term was sans souci1781 lit. without care or concern also, †a free-and-easy social gathering.

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During the Regency towels were either linen, cotton, or flannel. The weaving technique was first developed in France in 1841. This video shows how terry cloth was first woven: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2d5gwvUzAlI At the time it was used for clothing.

The technique was used on cotton in 1848, and in 1850 an industrial method for weaving terry cloth was developed. Once terry cloth was machine made, it began to be sold to be sold in lengths as toweling, and as pre-made towels. The industrial process made terry cloths affordable.

I haven’t been able to find anything concerning when fluffy towels were first made. From my own memory, I think it was sometime in the later part of the 20th century.

My thanks to Doreen for this idea.

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During the Regency as well as today the words university and college are not interchangeable. In England college comes before university. For example, Eton College is the equivalent of US and Canadian high school. A university a place of higher education such as Oxford and Cambridge. This is true in Europe as well.

Although it’s customary now for students at university to graduate with degrees, during the Regency that was not necessarily the case. In only a few areas, legal studies (to be a barrister) and studies for the clergy required that one completed a course of study. Most young gentlemen went to university to make contacts and have fun.

The first two images are of Eton. The second two are of Oxford.


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The Lords
I’ve gotten to a part in the book I’m writing (The Most Eligible Bride in London) where I needed to know whether the Lords has assigned seating. Well, I never did find the answer on Google, but I did find this which I thought might interest you.

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During the Regency, toast was a breakfast staple. It was originally a device to make stale bread more palatable, but quickly became a favorite food item.
Toast was made by spearing buttered, stale bread and toasting it over a fire. Unsurprisingly, special toasting forks were involved. Some of them were telescoping. If a servant was making the toast, he or she would would place the finished product in a toast rack to be served.
telescopic toasting forkToast rack
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As an author, I’m always checking the weather in the year my book is set. One would not, for example want to write about a nice hot summer in 1816 which was known as the Year Without Summer. Ergo, when I started my latest book set in 1819, I researched the weather and was particularly looking at air quality. For various reasons, air quality in London has been an on and off issue since the 14th century. But it was not until the Victorian era that it came to the point that greasy black residue covered buildings and even the grass (turning it black) in Hyde Park. So, during the Regency, one could be appalled by the smell of the Thames if the wind was in the wrong quarter, and buildings became dingy from coal smoke, but there the greasy residue was not yet a problem.

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Al Fresco

Much to my dismay, picnics as we know them did not seem to exist until the middle part of the 19th century. In fact, a picnic during the Regency was what we would call a pot-luck, where everyone contributes food. That does not mean they didn’t go outside, sit on a blanket, and eat. But it was called al fresco dining which could mean anything from an elaborate table set up to a blanket on the ground.

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