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Saturday, September 18

Talk Like Jane Austen Day: October 30th

Talk Like Jane Austen Day is in celebration of the 199th anniversary of the publishing of Sense and Sensibility. I stumbled across this site and have been advertising it far and wide on Facebook, Twitter, and this site. So, please spread the word!

On that day, you will be encouraged to "Go for a long walk, visit friends, and Talk Like Jane Austen."

Helpful hints from the site, Talk Like Jane Austen Day, include:

"Always refer to your close family members as "my" mother, father, sister, brother even when speaking to one of them. For example, Elizabeth might speak to Jane saying, "My mother has been nervous the whole day." (Whereas we contemporary English speakers would most likely say "our" mother. (Note the use of "the whole day" rather than all day long or a more contemporary phrase).

No Contractions- "Don't you think this an agreeable morning for a walk?" Would be "Do not you think this an agreeable morning for a walk?"

More helpful hints will be published as the event day nears!


Nonna said...

That is quite a challenge. By the end of the day, I'll either sound like Jane Austen or Commander Data from Star Trek !

An Old Fashioned Girl said...

Is there a facebook event for it? I'd love to invite my friends!

Anonymous said...

Yes- there is an event page for "talk like Jane Austen Day" and a group page on Facebook.

Anonymous said...

This sounds like so much fun. I already use vexing me and a few other terms but no contractions will be quite the effort.

vvb32 reads said...

i love this theme. will do!

Anonymous said...

I found the day very agreeable. It was great fun talking like Jane. I am getting ready for a library presentation on December 16th and had passed the challenge along to all our booklover group members. I would like to recommend audiobooks read by Juliet Stevenson,(you may remember her for her role as Mrs. Elton in Emma) She is most charming! She has performed many of Austen's (audio)books as well as others.The publisher is Naxos Audiobooks. I highly recommend her because she really brings things to life. If you get a chance,do check them out. (parton the pun) Hope you enjoy them.