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Victorian Slang of the Week


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



  1. Isabel Roman says:

    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. Denise Eagan says:

    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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