Friday, September 5, 2014

The Dictionary Project!

The Dictionary of Victorian Insults & Niceties is a resource Tine Hreno is designing to make access to Victorian colloquialisms easier for writers of historical fiction, and lovers of Victorian culture. Easier means that the Dictionary will be organized in such a way that readers can quickly find the right word. Importantly, easier also means that the Dictionary will be accessible to anyone who wants to use it by keeping the cost below a dollar.

Hreno is a media relations specialist turned Victorian fiction author, who first thought of the idea for the dictionary when she realized that Victorians, people we think of as the morally righteous founders of industrial society, frequently used the word ‘fuck.’ However, in hindsight, it is also the natural progression of her two blogs: The Lexicon of Cultural Folly, and Writers in London in the 1890s.

Currently, the release date is dependent on funding, but we will keep you posted on that! In the mean time, check out the new blog and discover some Victorian slang!

Tuesday, January 21, 2014


pseud-e-pi-graph-a (sd-pgr-f)

noun pl.
1. Spurious writings, especially writings falsely attributed to biblical characters or times.
Many old religious texts, outside of any particular religion's canon, are just pseudepigraphia. In secular, literary texts, scholars usually just apply the prefix "pseudo" to describe the text, as with all of the early twentieth-century pseudo-Oscar Wilde homosexual porn that Robert Ross fought so hard to get off the market.

2. A body of texts written between 200 b.c. and a.d. 200 and spuriously ascribed to various prophets and kings of Hebrew Scriptures.
When Derek's friend claimed to have never heard of any pseudepigrapha, Derek asked if she had ever heard of the bible.

Synonyms: apocryphal, pseudological.