Pleasantries of the past
Language changes over the years and nowhere is it more apparent than looking at the slang that was popular in each era. While some words and phrases endure from generation to generation, more is lost—which means there are a lot of fun, cute, and sweet compliments gathering dust in old dictionaries. (What’s a dictionary, again?) So we rounded up some of our favourite praises from earlier days.
“He’s bang up to the elephant!”
Victorians who wanted to say someone was so complete, so well-rounded, that they were almost perfect, would compare them to…an elephant. Elephants were still relatively rare and novel in Western society then and elephants are known for being very smart and thoughtful so we guess it makes sense? Just don’t suggest a person looks like an elephant.
“You’re butter upon bacon!”
Know what’s delicious? Butter. Knows what’s even better? Bacon. Apparently Victorians agreed with our modern-day low-carb love affair with the two foods because this was the ultimate compliment back then. (Personally, we’ve not tried cooking bacon in butter—but now we want to!)