Blood Relations

Blood Relations Glossary

bollocks (noun)

British slang used to express contempt, annoyance, or defiance.

tea service (noun)

a set of chinaware for preparing and drinking hot beverages, especially tea.

Mrs. Beeton's Book of Etiquette (proper noun)

An etiquette book by Isabella Beeton, popular in the late 1800s.

sherry (noun)

a fortified wine originally and mainly from southern Spain, often drunk as an aperitif.

a trifle (phrase)


gramophone (noun)

old-fashioned term for record player.

acquittal (noun)

a judgment that a person is not guilty of the crime with which the person has been charged.

jowls (noun)

the lower part of a person's or animal's cheek, especially when it is fleshy or drooping.

tightwad (noun)

Informal term for a mean or miserly person.

gentleman farmer (noun)

a well-to-do man who runs a farm for pleasure.

miserly (adjective)

hoarding wealth and spending as little money as possible.

hellion (noun)

Informal term for a rowdy, mischievous, or troublemaking person, especially a child.

Farmer's Almanac (proper noun)

an annual American periodical that has been in continuous publication since 1818.

mutton (noun)

the flesh of sheep, especially mature sheep, used as food.

fallow (adjective)

plowed and harrowed but left unsown for a period in order to restore its fertility as part of a crop rotation or to avoid surplus production.

bell jar (noun)

an environment in which someone is protected or cut off from the outside world.

Attila the Hun (proper noun)

the leader of a tribal empire consisting of Huns, Ostrogoths, and Alans among others, in Central and Eastern Europe. During his reign, Attila was one of the most feared enemies of the Western and Eastern Roman Empires.

repugnant (adjective)

extremely distasteful; unacceptable.

Scott Joplin (proper noun)

An American composer known for his ragtime compositions.

hatchet (noun)

a small axe with a short handle for use in one hand.