In April, I’m posting 26 blogs, one for every letter of the alphabet. I write historical romance set in Regency England, and I’m offering a brief lexicon of words to help you understand the story world of my Regency characters. Follow the links for more in depth information.
Dear Readers, I found “Z” almost as difficult as “X”!
Z is for Zed:
“Zed” is the pronunciation our Regency characters would use for this last letter of the alphabet, as opposed to the American, “Zee”. “Zed” is still in use, so it’s not truly a Regency term.
It is, however, a good reminder to upstart Americans writing historical romances set in Regency England that American English is not always the same as British English. In one of the online groups I belong to, members recently held a spirited discussion about the use of the word “gotten”. One British participant said that when she comes across the word “gotten“ in a Regency, she immediately tosses the book because she knows it was written by an American. How sad for the Yankee author who has gotten–er–got a good story into that kind of trouble!
Just for fun, do you want to see “How Good is Your British English?” The Oxford Dictionaries site has a test for you!
And Z is for Zedland:
The Regency Assembly Press has a wonderful collection of Regency terms and slang, but not much for the letter Z. Here’s a fun term, though:
Zedland–Great part of the west country, where the letter Z is substituted for S; as zee for See, zun for sun.
I’ve never seen “Zedland” used in a Regency novel. Does anyone have a Regency reference for this? Is the term still in use in England? I checked out some YouTube clips of British dialects, but I didn’t find any with a pronounced “Z” for “S” usage.
This closes out the A to Z Challenge month. I’ve had so much fun checking in on other A to Z-ers and putting together these posts! A big thanks to everyone who visited and especially to those who commented! I’ll be back to my regular weekly posts on Tuesday.
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