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Can’t get enough of Pride or Prejudice in book or movie form? Captivated by Austen’s entertaining repartee and Elizabeth’s enlightened living? Do you despair at having to put down the novel or step away from the DVD?

Despair no more! How to Speak Like Jane Austen and Live Like Elizabeth Bennet translates the language of Austen and the lifestyle of Elizabeth into easy-to-embrace guidelines for 21st century living, making it possible to talk like Jane and act like Elizabeth – anytime, anyplace.

Much like Austen and Elizabeth, How to Speak Like Jane Austen and Live Like Elizabeth Bennet takes a sometimes lighthearted, sometimes serious, approach to the parlance and pace of Pride and Prejudice.

Part I, “How to Speak Like Jane Austen,” is an entertaining resource, translating 21st century words, phrases and sentiments into their Pride and Prejudice counterparts, making it easy to introduce the author’s language into contemporary conversation.
A more serious interpretation of Elizabeth’s lifestyle is contained in Part II, “How to Live Like Elizabeth Bennet,” which distills the heroine’s circumspect and circumscribed existence into simple precepts for modern living.
Part III, “What Would Lizzie Do?,” puts the enjoyment of the language and the inspiration of the lifestyle together in a lighthearted imagining of a more Austen-sounding and Elizabeth-acting way of life.
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I like hanging around words, listening to what they say.

W.H. Auden

Basic Jane Speak: Vocabulary 101

The quickest way to begin speaking like Jane Austen is to learn some simple vocabulary that can be easily substituted into everyday conversation. For instance, instead of using the commonplace two dozen, offer up Mrs. Bennet’s more artful expression, four and twenty. Or instead of describing yourself as thrilled, announce, as Caroline Bingley did, that you’re quite in raptures.

In adopting Austen’s language, you may also be inspired to create your own Pride and Prejudice verbiage. For example, instead of calling a cab, hail a hackney coach (or dub your SUV your barouche box); instead of leaving your neighborhood, go abroad; instead of describing a woman as pretty, praise her handsomeness; and instead of adhering to literal compass directions, use up or down to convey the relative importance of each destination, as in: We go up to our house, and we go down to the gas station.

This section contains a collection of contemporary words and phrases that have been translated into their Austen counterparts. In that Basic Jane Speak is a mini Pride and Prejudice dictionary, you may prefer to skim the subject headings now, returning later to examine the entries more closely. This section also makes a handy reference as you hone your conversational skills.

The entries below are arranged alphabetically under the following subject categories: People; Society; Romance; Personality Traits; Emotions; Discourse; Goings; Doings; Things; Matters of Money; Correspondence; Numbers; Points in Time; and Around the House. Each entry also includes its Pride and Prejudice context, with the volume and chapter location given.



Replace: Next-to-the-youngest

With: Youngest ... but one

She is my youngest girl but one. Mrs. B. to Lady Catherine re Lydia [III:14]

Replace: Parents/ancestors

With: Descent

But really considering his descent, one could not expect much better. Caroline Bingley to Elizabeth re Wickham [I:18]

Replace: Tacky relatives

With: Low connections

But with such a father and mother, and such low connections, I am afraid there is no chance of it. Mrs. Hurst to Caroline Bingley re the unlikelihood of Jane marrying well [I:8]

Friends and Others

Replace: Bunch of pals

With: Large party of friends

We expect him tomorrow, with a large party of friends. Mrs. Reynolds to Mr. Gardiner et al re Darcy [III:1]

Replace: Gambler

With: Gamester

A gamester ... this is wholly unexpected. Jane to family re Wickham [III:6]

Replace: Ladies

With: The fair

With such rivals for the notice of the fair ... Mr. Collins seemed likely to sink into insignificance. Jane Austen re Mr. Collins’ inability to attract female attention in the company of Wickham and the other officers at Mrs. Philips [I:16]

Replace: Peers

With: Equals in consequence

Among those who are at all his equals in consequence, he is a very different man from what he is to the less prosperous. Wickham to Elizabeth re Darcy [I:16]

Replace: Secretive person

With: Sly thing

You never dropped a word of this; you sly thing!. Mrs. B. to Jane, mistakenly thinking that Bingley intended to visit Longbourn [I:13]

Replace: Society folks

With: People of fashion

He takes them now for people of fashion. Elizabeth to self re Darcy with regard to warmly welcoming Mr. and Mrs. Gardiner at Pemberley [III:1]

Replace: Special friend; best friend

With: Particular friend

I cannot see why Mrs. Forster should not ask me as well as Lydia, though I am not her particular friend.... Kitty to Mrs. B. re Lydia’s upcoming holiday in Brighton [II:18]

Replace: Womanizers

With: The undeserving of the other sex

She cannot be too much guarded in her behavior towards the undeserving of the other sex. Mary to family with regard to a woman safeguarding her reputation [III:5]


Socially Speaking

Replace: Companionship

With: Society

My father was not only fond of this young man’s society, whose manners were always engaging; he had also the highest opinion of him ... hoping the church would be his profession.... Darcy in a letter to Elizabeth re Wickham [II:12]

Replace: Homogeneous population

With: Confined and unvarying society

In a country neighborhood you move in a very confined and unvarying society. Darcy to Elizabeth re Longbourn and Meryton