April 20, 2012

Carol's Quaint Quotes

Were you ever told that you might have to play dumb?  From 1843:

Men frequently look with a jealous eye on a learned woman, and are apt to dominate her a blue, be cautious, therefore, in a mixed company of showing yourself too much beyond those around you.

Etiquette for Ladies; with hints on the preservation, improvement and display of female beauty.  Philadelphia:  Lindsay and Blakiston, 1843.

Note:  I tried to find out what "a blue" means.  This is how it was spelled in italics in the original text.  Synonyms for "blue" include a learned or educated woman and profane or indecent. 

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