Gone With The Wind (Vocab)

a passel of fools

vinaigrette (for smelling salts)

didoes (words?)

me’salliance

peremptory

jonquils

tobacco quids

weare cre^pe

smilax  (plant)

bower (architecture)

a festoon

nastartium

bazaar (etymology)

lace flounces

chignons (wardrobe)

louisiana zoave

acme of ______ (i.e., the best)

lese majesty

dishabille

twaddle twiddle

tableaux vivants

escutcheon (family legend?)

chunk the fowls

hassock (chair)

a spiller (candle?)

redolent

flowery sprangles

ecru lace

organdie

black bombazine

taffeta

buxom

a hoyden (not above a few kisses)

spavins and heaves

old plugs (horses)

clod hoppers

hoecakes

chitlings

crinolines

shimmy (clothing)

flounces (clothing)

organdie dress

tumbrils

altar

affrays

gabble

to skylark (verb)

pommel (horse?)

folderol

pickaninny

basque (clothing)

eiderdown

truculent

whist! (card game)

faith

diastole and systole (blood pressure?)

Gerald O’Hara is short and Irish

brogans = shoes?

divan = furniture

guerdon

a Lucullan banquet

Thermopylae

shinplasters ($$$)

viands (food)

bombproofers

lumbago

insouciance (attitude)

contretemps

passel

lurid

a shambling trot

fence pale

pennows and battle flags

fillip

hants = ghosts (haunts?)

tip-tilted eyes

scuppernorg (arbor)

bung hole

surcease

eiderdown quilt*

emery

the pommel (saddle)*

a footlog bridge

vermifuge (for worms)

termagant (wench?)

shoats (piglets?)

fuss budget

on tenterhooks

ramrod rolls

bridle paths

paddock (horse fence?)

organdie

rich as Croesus

warp and woof

scrub (= crappy horse) [no I don’t want no scrubs]

gadding (gadfly?)

histed (the taxes)

gewgaws = thingamajigs

greenbacks (etymology vs US dollars)

Go:tterda:mmerung – dusk of the Gods (classical reference)

Hottentot

one or tuther (one or another)

scudding (clouds)

hods (of bricks)

la grippe (disease euphemism)

hist (up your skirt)

dishabille (messiness)

blackguard

women “squired” by men

pellegra (disease)

brocade

broadcloth

blackguarding

old saw (proverb)

mainspring

dido / didoes *

tootle! (toodle-loo?)

a ‘dandy’

privot hedge

lumbago*

slattern

hassock

distrait (distraught?)

cellaret (mini-cellar?)

blanc mange

slop jar

a crying jag

minie balls (ammo)

penury = poverty

gamboling (fun-loving?)

sotto voce

fal-lal

excrable (= bad) taste

ingrates! (ungrateful? ill bred?)

cocklebur (= burr)

mastiff (= horse)

pinchbeck

to cuquete (coquettery/?)

portieres (in the hallway)

runagate ( a gang of people who run at gates?)

canebrake

diffident

mien

piddling (little)

trollop

chemise (clothing?)

me’ssaliance* (a bad alliance?)

scruff / scruffy (neck hair?)

toilet (as a place to fix your makeup)

broomsedge (plant)

redound

rapacious

a crop (to make a horse go faster)

equanimity

reticule (baggage?)

bypath (byway?)

brocade draperies

counterpane

glister

 

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