The Romance of Language: Word for the Week 1/20/17

This week’s word is somehow very apropos to my way of thinking.

 

Bubbleable:

“Capable of being duped.” from T. Lewis Davies Supplementary English Glossary, 1881.

Depiction of final scene of The Beggar's Opera where all the women have been duped by Macheath

Depiction of final scene of The Beggar’s Opera where all the women have been duped by Macheath

Further looking up duped, I came up with “a person who is easily deceived or fooled.” And “A person who unquestioningly or unwittingly serves a cause or another person.”

So many women in the Regency. . .well, to be fair, in all periods, managed to become dupes of men who used them and then moved on to something or someone else, leaving the women ruined. So they would have been “bubbleable” indeed.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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One Response to The Romance of Language: Word for the Week 1/20/17

  1. Mairi Norris says:

    “Bubbleable”??? Lolol. I thought “fribble” would always be my favorite Regency word, but I think this may surpass it.

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