Monday, May 19, 2008

Answers to our Do You Know the Lingo? Quiz

Well, I hope even if you weren't courageous enough to post your answers to our quiz that you enjoyed trying to figure out what these common words and phrases* from the 1800's meant.

Here are the answers:

1) Acknowledge the corn - to admit the truth; to confess; to acknowledge one's shortcomings

2) Allow - to admit; to be of the opinion

3) Beans - anything, something, nothing

4) Boodle - a crowd of people

5) Coot - an idiot; a simpleton; a ninny

6) Didoes - to cut up didoes was to get into mischief

7) Not one's funeral - not one's business; not one's concern

8) Gum - lies; exaggerations or as a verb: to dupe someone

9) Humbug - a deception; a hoax; an imposter

10) Jonathan - the American people

11) Peart - fresh and happy; sprightly

12) Plum, plumb - entirely; completely

13) Pull foot - to leave in a hurry

14) Sam Hill - euphemism for the devil

15) Snore - euphemism used by New Englanders for the word "swear"

16) Squatter - one who settles on land without proper title

17) Surrey - a large, boxy, open family vehicle having two long seats facing forward and frequently, a fringed, canopy top

18) Tow path - a wide path along a canal, where a horse, mule, or team of such walked at the end of a long line, towing a canal boat

19) Wheelwright - one who made or repaired wagon, coach, or carriage wheels

Bonus: Sutler - a merchant/private contractor appointed by the government to supply the troops with such civilian goods as pastries, canned meats, books, tobacco, toiletries, and so on

* All these definitions and more can be found in The Writer's Guide to Everyday Life in the 1800's by Marc McCutcheon.

1 comment:

Holly said...

Hi, Cheryl!

What a fun site! Thanks for all the work you've put into it.

Another Little House fan,