April 20th, 2008

1890s Slang

Setting: London, England; 1890s. If it matters... probably post-'96.
I'm looking for slang terms. I've googled "victorian slang," "victorian idioms," and "1890s slang," but I haven't really found what I want as of yet. I've gotten some lists of words that upper class and (presumably very) lower class people would have been familiar with, but I'm more interested in terms that the average, middle class person would have used. I don't need anything specific (i.e. crime-related slang), just some things I could throw in here and there, in dialogue or in the narritive itself, as it's in first person. Anyone able to help?

Autopsies and funeral homes

Place: Back End Of Nowhere, New Hampshire
Time: Mid-late 90s.
Google terms: "autopsy procedure," "funeral home"

Context: for reasons that don't need exploring at this juncture, Character X, a forensic pathologist, has been summoned up to a very very small town in rural New England in order to perform the autopsy on the latest in a series of deaths. As the convenient medical facilities are somewhere between subpar and nonexistent, she's been reduced to doing so in the basement of the local funeral home (and is deeply put out by the fact).

Due to the POV of the scene, I'm going to be able to fudge most of the details of the actual procedure (Character Y, the narrator, arrives on-site just as X is wrapping up), but I'm having a hard time grasping the details of the setting. I know it's a long shot, but this is the Internets; does anyone have any knowledge or personal experience of funeral home prep areas, the layout of same, and the equipment contained therein? (Weird and gruesome details gratefully accepted.)
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Psychological reactions to male-male molestation

Hi, all. My story takes place in a fantasy middle-ages type setting.

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Oh my goodness: you guys are so incredibly thorough! Thank you so much for your dedication! As asked, here is some more detail of the situation.

In my world, 12 is still considered the younger side, although it's not unheard of for people to get married at that age. But my character is still running around with his friends causing mischief, still only starting to be interested in girls. He comes from a very conservative family that believes very strongly in the masculine man who marries a docile homemaker woman, and his community echoes this belief. They are a little pocket of society that wouldn't think that going after young boys would be a good thing. It's only when he goes to a larger town that someone comes after him. He's never had that happen before, in fact most of his town is rather ignorant about homosexuality of any kind. The town wouldn't blame him for it, but he doesn't really know what happened, and he's still absolutely terrified.

And for the record, ANY information about baggage feelings from ANY era would be appreciated, even if it's about 20th Century men. I don't know much about it at all (being a woman) and would love to get a rounded perspective.

I hope this helps. If anyone else has questions, don't hesitate to ask.