Herringbone describes a distinctive V-shaped weave, named for the skeleton of a herring fish. Herringbone-patterned fabric is usually wool, and is one of the most popular cloths used for suits and outerwear. Tweed cloth is often woven with a herringbone pattern.
There are many varieties of shooting jackets. An example is the Norfolk jacket, a loose, belted, single-breasted jacket, made fashionable from the 1860s in the sporting circle of the Prince of Wales, later Edward VII.
The bowler hat is a hard felt hat, designed in 1849 for British soldier and politician Edward Coke, by London hatmakers Thomas and William Bowler. Coke desired a close-fitting, low-crowned hat to protect his gamekeepers’ heads from low-hanging branches while on horseback (top hats proved terribly impractical). The bowler hat was popular with the working class during the Victorian era, and later became part of the official work uniform of bankers. It was later adopted by the officers of the Queen's Guards.
Runcible is a nonsense word invented by Edward Lear. He appears to have been very pleased with the word, and it appears in several of his works, describing various objects. The Owl and the Pussycat eat “with a runcible spoon." So does the Dolomphious Duck, in alphabetical illustrations, Twenty-Six Nonsense Rhymes and Pictures.
In The Self-Portrait of the Laureate of Nonsense, Lear states that "he weareth a runcible hat." In other poems he refers to a "runcible cat," a "runcible goose" (referring to a silly person), and a "runcible wall.”
Lear appears to have favoured the word for its sound, rather than for any imagined meaning. Since the 1920s, however, dictionaries have determined that a "runcible spoon" is a fork with three broad curved prongs and a sharpened edge, used for pickles or hors d’oeuvres. Lear's own drawing of said spoon, however, looks more like a ladle. And there is of course the cat, the goose, and wall….
The White Queen is a character in Lewis Carroll’s Through the Looking Glass. She is a chess piece, and Alice joins the chess game, taking the place of the Queen's young daughter Lily, to play a pawn. The White Queen lives backwards in time. She screams in pain until she pricks her thumb on her brooch, for example, or locking someone up for a crime they're still to commit. She tells Alice that she is just over 101 years old, and that in her youth she could believe "six impossible things before breakfast." She recommends that Alice should do the same.
Edward de Vere, the 17th Earl, has been identified as a possible author of the works of Shakespeare. He was a ward and later son-in-law of Lord Burghley, Queen Elizabeth I’s Secretary of State. He was noted in his time as a playwright, lyric poet and patron of the arts.
Palladis Tamia: Wits Treasury, was written in 1598 by Minister Frances Meres. It was the first critical account of the poems and early plays of William Shakespeare. It includes moral and critical reflections borrowed from various sources; sections on books, philosophy, music and painting; and a "Comparative Discourse of our English poets with the Greeke, Latin, and Italian poets." The book was reissued in 1634 as a school book, and was partially reprinted in Joseph Haslewood’s Ancient Critical Essays (1811) and George Gregory Smith’s Elizabethan Critical Essays (1904).