Nancy Drew Lingo

30 Nov

During the month of November, while I’m participating in NaNoWriMo, a.k.a. trying to write 1,666 words or 6.6. pages per day, I’m featuring two weekly blogs based on the fabulous book, Clues for Real Life: The Classic Wit & Wisdom of Nancy Drew, compiled by Jennifer Fisher (used with permission).

“Whether you’re battling everyday villains, dating mysterious men, or just shopping for a fashionable frock, a few good clues for life are just what the modern woman needs.”

Nancy Drew Lingo

Though Nancy Drew Mysteries appeal to all generations, the books’ language has a quaint, old-fashioned quality.  In fact, some of these terms are quite a mouthful for younger readers. Take a step back in time with these words and phrases that aren’t very common today.

  • Chum – a loyal friend and comrade in mystery Nancy favorites were Bess, George and Helen.
  • Fellows – the equivalent of ‘guys’.
  • Frock – a fashionable dress or other piece of clothing.
  • Hunch – a sneaking suspicion.
  • Luncheon – Bess’s favorite time of day, also called ‘lunch’.
  • Meddlesome – a bothersome snooper.
  • Ninny – Silly Goose.
  • Roadster – a spiffy convertible.
  • Silly Goose – someone who is too chicken to sleuth.
  • Snoop – one who pries and meddles into the affairs of others.
  • Swell – stylish and first-rate.
  • Tart – to be annoyed or irritated.
  • Nefarious – evil, wicked or sinful.
  • Obstreperous – unruly or aggressive noisiness

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