Victorian Slang of the Week

Anxious—on the anxious seat, restless, eager: 1839—“He was on the anxious seat, waiting for the verdict.”

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4 thoughts on “Victorian Slang of the Week”

  1. Gotta love it–anxious seat. Like the hot seat. Makes me wonder what people will think of ‘hot seat’ in terms of Who Wants to be a Millionaire (the show not the song) in 100 years.

  2. Hmmm, I wonder when anxious seat turned into hot seat. Or did it? I wonder when hot seat came about. Let me check. . . oh wow, the 1920’s apparently because of the electric chair!

  3. The electric chair does seem to work here, Dee. We have the seat warmers in my car – I will have to call them the anxious seats from now on. My hubby already thinks I am nuts so this will add fuel to the fire. 😉

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