Jane Austen Said What?

Anne Hathaway stars as Jane Austen in "Becoming Jane"
Poor Anne Hathaway, she looks nearly as stunned as I was to learn how many phrases we still use today come from Jane Austen. I was reading an article from the Daily Mail (my secret obsession), which discussed many common terms that were coined by the beloved authoress back in the late 1700's and early 1800's and they are still relevant!

Austen is quoted 1,640 times in the current edition of the Oxford English Dictionary with 321 phrases coming from her 1815 novel, "Emma." Oxford professor Charlotte Brewer discussed how long Austen has been considered a "linguistic innovator"during the Hay Festival yesterday.

Terms include:
  • "If I've told you once, I've told you a thousand times."
  • "to dress a salad"
  • "of the moment"
  • "family portrait"
  • "door bell"
  • "dinner party"
  • "brace yourself"
  • "eye-rolling"
What are some of your favorite Austen terms or books? 


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