Posts tagged ‘Victorian era’

February 12, 2014


In the past, hand fans were used not only to cool but also as a secret way to communicate love messages.  For example, by hiding ones eyes behind an open fan you’re saying “I love you”.  The language of the fan was widely used by women and men.


May 13, 2013

What The Dickens?


“Hurts like the dickens” has  nothing to do with Charles Dickens, but rose in popularity in Victorian times with the notoriety of the famous author.  Dickens is a euphemism, for the word devil.  It first appeared in Shakespeare’s “Merry Wives of Windsor” Act 3, scene 2: “I can not tell what the dickens his name is.”