Words in Historical Fiction
The title word, absquatulate, showed up in a historical fiction I was reviewing. The word stopped me cold. My first thought was a misspelling, the second that someone's finger got tangled up on the keyboard, and the third, maybe it's a real word that I never heard of. I looked it up on google:
It’s fun to try to write dialogue that matches your time period, “Whilst I await your response, kind sir,…”
How about dastardly? I find that a fun word, which certainly works in a historical setting.
Twenty-three skidoo, fits well in the 20s and we know what it means.
By the way, absquatulate was used incorrectly in the story I was reading. The character simply left; he did not run off with anything.
Here are a few more obscure words to enhance your vocabulary: skirr, epicaricacy, acapnotic, alamode (probably not what you’re thinking), laciniate, lugehovey.
Veronica H. Hart is the author of six novels, several award winning, and one sci-fi due out any time now, Silent Autumn, from Champagne Books. She recently formed her own company to produce her two historical novels: Elena – the Girl with the Piano (now available on Amazon), and The Reluctant Daughters, (coming very soon.)