So we expect stories of ghosts, ghoulies, skeletons, monsters, and even vampyres during the Regency. Anything else?
Glad you asked.
An elf or fairy; a little man or woman. Also a mischievous sprite that causes fear or disquiet, 1709. From Hobbe “hob” elf and a variant of Robin Goodfellow, an elf character in German folklore, and goblin, 1520s.
Ghost stories are so much fun!
- Slang term taken from the 1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue and the Online Etymological Dictionary.
- The spookety ghost story taken from Apparitions; or, The Mystery of Ghosts, Hobgoblins, and Haunted Houses Developed by Joseph Taylor. You really should get your own copy. It’s free and chock full of Regency era halloween stories.