Wardour Street English
Definition - The pseudo-archaic diction sometimes used by historical novelists.

Example -
Cedric tushed and pshawed more than once at the message.
(Walter Scott, Ivanhoe, xl[i]v)

Etymology -
The term was coined when London's Wardour Street was the centre of the antique and mock-antique furniture trade.

Oxford English Dictionary -
Its first citation is from 1888: (title) "Wardour-Street English"
"(Ibid. 589) This is not literary English of any date; this is Wardour-Street Early English—a perfectly modern article with a sham appearance of the real antique about it."
(A. Ballantyne in Longm. Mag. Oct. 585)



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