19th Century London Slang We Should Bring Back + A Diamond Giveaway! (CLOSED) / Carmen Varner // Travel Influencer, Blogging Coach, Social Media Consultant


19th Century London Slang We Should Bring Back + A Diamond Giveaway! (CLOSED)

This post is sponsored by FX Networks but the content & opinions expressed here are my own.

I spent the afternoon pouring over an 18th-century dictionary of heterodox, slang, & phrases. It's true, I literally read the dictionary. I found it interesting to see how many of those phrases we still use today (lovey dovey, hullabaloo, snaggle-tooth, stealing someone's thunder).

Inspired by the dark & gritty trailers for Taboo, a new show produced by Ridley Scott that premiers January 10 & stars Tom Hardy, I came up with a more historical Vocabulary Time! theme. I literally got goosebumps as I watched the trailer. Taboo looks dark, deep, & mysterious.

"Set in 1814, Taboo follows James Keziah Delaney, a man who has been to the ends of the earth & comes back irrevocably changed. Believed to be long dead, he returns home to London from Africa to inherit what is left of his father's shipping empire & rebuild a life for himself.

But his father's legacy is a poisoned chalice, & with enemies lurking in every dark corner, James must navigate increasingly complex territories to avoid his own death sentence. Encircled by conspiracy, murder & betrayal, a dark family mystery unfolds in a combustible tale of love & treachery."

Words & phrases are so rich with history, something we rarely think about. But what about those words & phrases we never hear anymore? It's time to bring them back. Now that the mood is set, take a look at these vocabulary phrases from 19th century London.

1. Beer & skittles

Definition: pleasure, contentment
Example: Working from home isn't all beer & skittles. People tend to think you do nothing all day, which couldn't be further from the truth.

2. Postman's sister

Definition: secret informant
Example: The detectives wouldn't have found out the truth about the murder had it not been for the an anonymous letter written by the postman's sister.

3. Translate the truth

Definition: to lie evasively or in a misleading manner
Example: When asked if she had stolen the spyglass, Edith translated the truth & said she'd never seen it before in her life. The spyglass was later found in her possession.

FX Networks sent over a spyglass for me to play around with. Let me tell you, it's not easy & definitely comes with a learning curve. Walking around with it, I felt like the postman's sister or an adventurer myself. Ready to take on the world!

I bet James Keziah Delaney was a natural at using a spyglass, so I'll just have to tune in to FX Networks on January 10 to see Taboo (& Tom Hardy) in action! You also have the chance to enter to win a series of diamonds valued at over $3,000. Enter to win!

Will you tune in to watch Taboo? Which of these 19th century phrases do you like best? 

* Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by FX Networks. As always, all opinions are 100% mine aka Carmen's. Learn more about my disclosure. :]


  1. I think "beer and skittles" is my favourite of all of them. Sounds so fun. I can't wait till Taboo starts

  2. that sounds like a really rad show! I wanna check it out!


  3. This sounds like an intriguing movie even though I am mostly for comedies, I wouldn't want to miss seeing Tom Hardy. I learned from you a new phrase that I can use around when people don't understand my job which involves working from home. Isn't all ''BEER & SKITTLES''.Great post, Carmen!


  4. This sounds really interesting! I love hearing stories from my Grandfather who grew up in London and says all these weird phrases. I remember that one of his british friends called everyone "Pet." as like a nickname! I don't have Cable, but I'm sure I'll find this show somewhere - especially if it comes to Netflix!


  5. It sounds very interesting, I definitely check it out. :)


  6. Aww this is such a great post love! I've always been so interested in British slang and phrases :) Thanks so much for sharing.. I hope you have an amazing New Year's Eve celebration with all your loved ones!

    XO Jessi,

  7. These are are so good! I would love to watch this!


  8. Great post! Happy new year✨❤️

  9. I hadn't heard of Taboo before. It looks super interesting! What a good premise for a show. Translate the truth is such a cool saying. I've never heard it said before, but I sorta want to start using it and tell me anyone who asks that I came up with it. Ha!

  10. This sounds like an interesting movie. Happy New Year!



  11. It's so weird because I just saw the trailer for that on TV and then I read this post! (Coincidence? I think not!) It does look really awesome but possibly a bit too violent for me, but we'll see.

    Gosh I haven't heard of these phrases before but I'd love to use them, especially the "beer and skittles" one, it sounds so quirky!

    Lizzie Bee // mysticthorn.com

  12. This is an amazing idea for a blog post, love it! x


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  14. Great post and i love your photos!


    & Much love,


  15. I love these phrases. My favourite is Beer and Skittles! Thanks for sharing a really fun post!

    Deepti xx | www.mademoisellemeetsmaquillageandmacaroons.com

  16. Loved this blog post, thanks for sharing.

    Patricia Stelmach // Patricia

  17. Definitely not a coincidence. Lots of promotions going on right now. :]

  18. I love beer & skittles. So want to use that in every day life. :]

  19. I watched the first two episodes so far & it's really interesting. :]

  20. Aw, that sounds fun, definitely a history lesson. It's probably available to stream online. :]

  21. I want to use it too. Go for it! I won't tell them you translated the truth. :]

  22. It was fun to scour the old dictionary. There are so many cool words & phrases! :]


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