au fait
socially correct
bluestocking
an educated, intellectual woman
Bohemian
a person (such as a writer or an artist) living an unconventional life
by-blow
an illegitimate child
cad
a man who acts with deliberate disregard for another's feelings or rights
canoodling
hugging and kissing in a sexual way
chloral
a sedative
consumption
tuberculosis
deadhead
a submerged log
dogfight
an aerial battle
estaminet
a small café
flapper
started out to mean a high-spirited teenager or immature woman, but by the end of WW1, became associated with independent, rebellious modern women
French letter
condom
French window
a glass door, also known as a French door
gasper
cigarette
gazetted
British Army personnel decorations, promotions, and officer commissions were "gazetted" in the London Gazette, the "Official Newspaper of Record for the United Kingdom"
humidor
a case for storing cigars and cigarettes
in loco parentis
in the place of a parent
in the swim
part of upper-class society
laudanum
a potent opium narcotic
mackintosh
waterproof raincoat
minstrel’s gallery
- a form of balcony and used to allow musicians (originally minstrels) to perform, sometimes discreetly hidden from the guests below
Normal School
a school where high school graduates trained to be teachers
oriole window
a type of bay window commonly found in Gothic architecture
put the wind up [someone]
to frighten or disturb [someone]
skivvy
a female domestic servant
spooning
wooing, courting
squiffed
drunk
swain
an admirer or suitor
the cat’s whiskers
something excellent
vamp
a woman who uses her charms or wiles to exploit and seduce men
wigging
a scolding