Tuesday, July 31, 2012

You Might Be a Period Drama Nut If...

{in no particular order}

... every time you read the "tsp" abbreviation in a recipe you substitute "The Scarlet Pimpernel" in your head instead of "teaspoon" .

... you look at Austin, TX on a map and automatically think "WHY must people always misspell her name? WHY?" and then laugh at yourself.

... you use "Lydia-snort" instead of LOL.

... you would rather vacation in England than the Caribbean.

... you see a picture of Alun Armstrong, you think Charles Dickens.

... you know where the "prunes and prisms" expression came from.

... you squeal over closets with shelves in them.

... you use Mr. Knightley's ERMMMMM to vent frustration.

... you know the difference between a pelisse and a spencer.

... if someone asks you if you play an instrument, you respond that if you had ever learnt, you should certainly have been a true proficient.  And so would Anne, if her health permitted.

... you say, "Thank you, my dear," instead of "Duh."

... when your siblings get too loud, you say, "Sparkler, be quiet."

... you scorn all those low-fat diets and maintain that butter is a divinity.

... you refer to a hoopskirt as "la cage."

... you attempt to take the stairs four at a time.

... you randomly shout, "Shake me up, Judy!"

... you manage to insert two or three dozen uses of "sink me" every time you go swimming (and if your siblings are period drama nuts, too, they'll comply with your request).

... you firmly believe that real men wear cravats.

... you know what "The Look" means.

... you make remarks about twenty pounds of brown sugar when you go grocery shopping.

... you always have to remind yourself that the NA in JASNA (Jane Austen Society of North America) stand for North America and not Northanger Abbey.

... you follow up any "that was silly" with an "I'm not saying she was very silly, but one of us was silly, and it wasn't me."

... you shove toast crusts at your siblings with a stern, "Take it.  EAT it."

... you know that the source of the Nile is in Abyssinia.

What did I miss? Can you identify all the period dramas referenced in this post?


Miss Elizabeth Bennet said...

Ah! I was thinking of doing something like this! This is awesome!

It's just not a Charles Dickens adaptation unless Alun Armstrong is in it! hehe!

Four stairs at a time.... Why am I blanking out on this? I almost want to say Wives and Daughters, but I'm just not sure....

Melody said...

Give me my mind back, you.
I was keeping a list of the same sort of things, except just centered around Jane Austen. (Who'd have guessed?) Like the time I saw a license plate in front of me that said "JA" and felt jealous, and figured those who had it didn't even know what they had. :P

Ugghhhh, Austin, TX always drives me NUTS.
Lydia-snort instead of LOL? Ha! I don't think very many people do that.
Uh, who wouldn't rather vacation in England than the Caribbean?
Do you think Charles Dickens when you see Alun Armstrong? I rather thought you would think something else. Heh, heh, heh.
Did prunes and prisms come from LD???
Closets with shelves--INDUBITABLY.
Oh yeah, the EERRRMMMM is swellissimus. Which one of us started using it first?
I'll admit that sometimes I get a tad confused between a pelisse and a spencer, but I DO know the difference. :D
I definitely randomly shout Shake me up Judy...
Of course real men wear cravats. Who ever questioned the fact?
"The Look".... BAHAHAHAHAHA. Love it.
I don't usually get many "that was silly's", but if I did, I'd proberly quote that.
I have to shove toast crusts at my mom and not my siblings, but yes, I do that. ;D

Pretty sure I identified everything. And I do a whole lot of them. :D

Loved this post. :D

Molly said...

Yay! I answered the statements in my head and I am a Period Drama Nut!

Beth Grace said...

Upon. My. Honor. We totally do almost all of these! I guess that classifies my family and I as period drama nuts! :)
In our family we kid each other about how when eating our oranges we should take them to our rooms and consume them in solitude!
Also, another one we do is when we are in a hurry to get somewhere and people are lagging we tell them, "This is no occasion for sport! There is lace at stake!"

Maria Elisabeth said...

tsp = The Scarlet Pimpernel? Why of course! For me, it also stands for The Salt and Pepper. It's a lot of fun asking your little sister to, "Please pass TSP."

Oh yes.

Why on earth would someone want to vacation in the Caribbean? Especially if the alternative is England!

Yes, yes, yes, guilty, yes, of course, yes, yes.

That actually did happen to me yesterday. We were swimming and I quoted a TSP line with "sink me" at the start and they very cheerfully tried to do what I asked!

You mean some people think real men DON'T wear cravats?!

Yes, yes, guilty, oh yes, of course!

This was so much fun reading, dear!

Miss Laurie of Old-Fashioned Charm said...

This is hysterical and so true!!! :D

"tps", really I've never thought of TSP before but I will now every time!

Austin - ugg, I know! It bugs me so much when people misspell her name especially people who say they are fans. :(

"Lydia-snort" is Lydia Bennet. Not sure I've seen this used but all of her expressions from 1995 are priceless! "Oh, la!"

England is the place for me!

Dear Mr. Armstrong is almost synonymous with Dickens now! If fact we could probably start a conspiracy theory that it was AA who actually wrote the screenplays for each of the Dickens films he's been in! Andrew Davies? who is he? ;)

"prunes and prisms" ... I can't quite put my finger on that one, is is Anne of Green Gables? Oh dear, maybe I'm not a period drama nut after all!!!! Wail!!!

Mr. Collins' shelves in the closet! :) "Happy thought indeed!"

"ERMMMM" I still can't remember where "prunes and prisms" comes from...TSP?

Ooooh! the Pelisse and Spencer thing is a good one. I was watching a YouTube yesterday where a young lady who had made her own Regency dress kept calling her spencer a "short jacket" and I corrected her several times, too bad she couldn't hear me through the computer screen. :P

Lady Catherine and musical instruments! :)

Hahaha! I often mind myself saying "Thank you, my dear" instead of saying "Duh" but not sure if it's a conscious choice or not.

Fanny Dorrit! I don't really quote her very often but that quote is priceless!

Butter is divinity! too bad it's just not that healthy for us. :(

'la cage' ... is that from Cranford?

I am definitely one of those who randomly shouts "Shake me up, Judy!" and I sometimes call my unsuspecting kitties "Brimstone Beasts"! Mr. Smallweed is a favorite of mine! :)

I haven't used "Sink Me!" when swimming yet but always use it when my iPod is Syncing up on my computer.

Real men do wear cravats! And top hats, and greatcoats! hee

Haha! I must confess I'm often still stumped when I first see JASNA (probably wouldn't be if I just broke down and became a member) but not really because of the NA. But when people put NA or N/A for non applicable on paperwork I usually have to take a double take and remember that sadly not everyone had read Northanger Abbey! :)

Squire Hamley gets quoted a lot in my house because my dad loves his character. :)

"Take it. EAT it." Is that Mr. F's Aunt from Little Dorrit? Sounds like her!

Well, the source of the Nile is in Abyssinia but doesn't it end in Wimbledon where all the coffee beans grow??? ;)

Love this post!

Kiri Liz said...

Love, love, love! And yes, I'm guilty of most of those... though, I'm not sure "guilty" is the right expression. It cannot be guilty to be a period drama nut. :)

Lydia snort! Haha!

"Prunes and prisms"... wasn't that Mrs. General? :D

Shelves in the closet! Happy thought indeed!!

Sparkler... :D

Butter IS divinity! As are oranges if I recall... ;)

"Only two, Molly? Why yesterday I found I could manage four!"

"Shake me up, Jusy!" My three year old sister runs around saying that!

Sink me is very appropriate for the pool... as long as someone else says it. :)

I firmly believe that not only do real men wear hats, but real men most definitely read Jane Austen.

I can solemnly testify that you will receive a near fatal laughing attack when your mother actually *does* buy twenty. pounds. of. brown. sugar. :D

"... and it wasn't me." Use that all the time!! Love quoting Squire Hamley!!

In Abyssinia? "No, you are wrong, for I believe it is in Belgium." :)

Ah, yes... period drama... There were a few references you missed, but I will allow you your moment of triumph and refrain from saying anything more.

Alas, a moment was all I could spare, m'dear... I noticed no references to Cranford. I am most seriously displeased.

Not really.... ;)

Anonymous said...


Okay, literally ALL of these apply to me. Literally. Every single one.

Okay, that was a lie... The only one I don't get is: "You know what "The Look" means." I'm sure I'll remember it as soon as you tell me what it is, but as of right now, I'm not sure...

And you know what's funny??? MY CLOSET ACTUALLY HAS SHELVES IN IT!!! =D It's the coolest thing ever, and I've gotten into the habit of giggling profusely every time I go into my closet. "Happy thought indeed."

Of course real men wear cravats! Thank you, my dear, I think we have all apprehended that much. Real men also wear greatcoats... =)

One thing that proves I (and my entire family) am a period drama nut is whenever I have a headache, I always say "I suddenly have a headache of phenomenal dimension." (Cranford)

Oh, and my family can't hear the word "engagement" without one of us saying "Did I say an engagement was an elephant, ma'am?" =) Hehehehehehehe....

Anonymous said...

HA!! This is about as good as the TSP list on Blakeney Manor! Heehee... greatly enjoyed all of them, m'dear!! Now, to name each... Hmmm....

Heehee - never thought of tsp standing for TSP! Too funny. I'll have to use that soon!

I hate it when people are talking about Jane Austen and they spell it AustIn. Argh. : P

I still use LOL. But Lydia-snort works just as well!

Welllllllll... I'd rather go to Scotland or Ireland, but England works just as great!

Thank you, my dear, we have all apprehended as much. (Or, more recently, Alfred Doolittle.)

YES!!! (Papa, potatoes, prunes, and prims. Especially prunes and prisms.)

OOH! My closet has shelves in it! Ahh!! Never realized it until just now! Wheee!!

Heehee... Knightley's ERMMMMM is so awesome. Favorite JA hero and NOT ashamed to say it!!

Sparkler, be quiet... ha! I'll have to use that, too!

Sink me as well!! B'HAHAHA!!!

REAL men wear cravats, yes. And dance. (But if they're not IN period dramas, real men watch them. I have quite a few teenage guy friends that watch JA and Dickens. And love it. Real men indeed.)

Twenty. Pounds. Of brown. Sugar. Heehee... I'll have to use that, too!

Bread crusts, ha!! I'm compiling a list. : P

Abyssinia.... : ) (From The Lesser Version of S&S.... And not ashamed to say THAT, either!)

I'd comment on each, but my parents are leaving to vote soon... and I'm in charge. (Muahahaha!! Olympics, here we COME!!)


Miss Dashwood said...

Miss Elizabeth,
Yep, it's Wives and Daughters!

Heehee. I guess this makes up for when you did the picture riddle, eh what?
Okay, I guess the Lydia-snort is just you and me then. :P And FYRI, I do indeed think Charles Dickens when I see Alun Armstrong. After all, he's been in about ninety-six Dickens adaptations and only two Les Miz concerts. :D
Yep, prunes and prisms is a Mrs. General quote from LD. And I think you started using ERMMMM first.
Hahahahaha, the mental image of you shoving a toast crust at your mom... heh, heh, I don't imagine she's particularly amused.

In this family, you have no choice but to be a nut of any variety. ;)

Beth Grace,
Aha! Consuming oranges in solitude! My family says that too and I forgot to include it.

Maria Elisabeth,
I will never call salt and pepper by their proper names again.
I do believe some people are so misinformed as to think that... but never fear, my dear, I think most of our friends in the blogging world labor under no such delusion. ;D

Miss Laurie,
The prunes and prisms remark is actually from Little Dorrit... Mrs. General says it to Amy when she's trying to teach her about words that give "a pretty form to the lips" (such as papa, potatoes, poultry, prunes and prism).
La cage is indeed from Return to Cranford!
Yep, "take it, EAT it" is Mr. F's Aunt!
Ah, yes, I believe it does end in Wimbledon-- and travels through Vladivostok at some point too, correct? ;)

Kiri Liz,
Oh, no, it cannot be, surely! :D
Actually I did reference Cranford-- "la cage" is from Return to Cranford (that counts as Cranford, right?).

Hahahahahaha... okay, I'm sorry, I had to laugh that you didn't know The Look. That comes from P&P95, m'dear. The One and Only Version Evah. ;) It's the part where Mr. Darcy is Gazing Soulfully at Lizzy when she is Turning Georgiana's Pages at Pemberley.
My closet has a shelf too! You can guess what was the first thing I said about it when we moved in. :D
Heehee, in Fiddler they say "an agreement is an agreement" and when we were at the play the other night, all I could think of was the elephant quote. :P

Miss Melody Muffin said...

Oh my!!! I laughed so hard over this post!! I'm guilty of many of these!! Or should I say, I qualify as a period drama nut?

Jemimah said...

OK, it's official. I am a Period Drama Nut!

Margaret Hale said...

These were hilarious!

Anonymous said...

Who else sings:

Will you join in our parade
Where we will make some lemonade
And then we'll hire a new maid...


Hayden said...

Hahaha! My Dad actually quotes the Lady Catherine line ALL the TIME!!

Yay. I am so totally an official period drama nut.

And we also quote the "that was silly line" waaaay too much. It's my fav line from W&D. :)

Kiri Liz said...

Ah, my most sincere apologizes, Miss Dashwood! You did reference Cranford, although I got too caught up in the other ones that I quite forgot it! How...(cue Mr. Guppy's handkerchief)... mortifying... :)

Rhoswen Faerie Wrose said...

I am afraid, according to your list, I am only a semi-nut. (Though, I think I am nut enough to count, and gaining more all the time.)
But I think it only makes sense, as classic literature was not constantly present in our house when I was growing up, so I only started dipping my toe in that pool in high school. I did not start reading the classics and watching period dramas in earnest until five or six years ago.
But I get watched what I can, when I can. :-)

And I'm afraid "Sink me" would be a death sentence if I said it while swimming...my friends and family would do it, even though I don't know how to swim! :-P

Terra said...

So funny! I believe my family and I quote almost all of the phrases you listed. It is funny, because sometimes we forget that not everyone knows these things and will stay something like, "Odd's fish m'dear" or "Shake me up, Judy" and get some weird stares from our friends. :) thank you for making me laugh today.

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whats.in.a.name said...

I thought that the four stairs at a time was a reference to "Anne of Ingleside" since it talks about Gilbert taking the stairs four at a time like he used to. This reveals my obvious need to watch Wives and Daughters.
I was also stumped about The Look, shocking since I love P&P so, but your comment enlightened me.
This is such a funny post! Keep the Period Drama Nut list coming! You should have some sort of submission/contest/thingy.

whats.in.a.name said...

Again, I forgot to something in my first comment. Which version of "Emma" contains the ERRRMMMMing?

Alexandra said...

Hahahaha. Tori and I were just saying the other day how that reminds us of that. TSP, indeed! :-P

Tori and I always use "thought is spiritual, while action is merely material" after saying "we thought about this-and-this...oh, well, it's the thought that counts."

Love it. :)

Miss Abilaine said...

Hello! I am back! :)
I loved this post very much. The shelves in closet thing was so fun!

Miss Abilaine

Charity U said...

Love it! I missed this post originally (I was in Alaska and not doing anything blog related) but am so glad to catch it now! Fun stuff. :)