Some help with the nicknames, and a short glossary of some of the words Wynne uses in the Victorian and Edwardian period.
Nicknames and abbreviations.
Poggy – or H: Herbert Jackson, Wynne’s husband. (See below: pogbag)
Pink/Pinkie: Thomas, Wynne’s son. His hair was apparently pinkish at birth.
Noots/Nootie: Ysobel, Wynne’s daughter. No record of where this name originated.
Baby/Babs: Eleanore, the youngest daughter.
Bogel: George Llewhellin, Wynne’s father.
Ell: Elliot, Wynne’s brother.
Eva: Eva, Wynne’s sister.
BG or BGS: Miss Scratchley, the governess at Brookfield, later friend.
Yso/Bill: Ysobel Butler, later Vanrenen – cousin, and grew up with Wynne. Also sometimes apparently referred to as Ebbo, which is odd as there is an actual Ebbo in the Jackson family.
Topsy: Brenda Butler, later Swayne – ditto.
CWM/the Earl: Charles Maclean, early paramour of Wynne’s, father of the famous Fitzroy, brother of Adie.
The Hamster: Walter von Poellnitz, Wynne’s uncle.
The Wow: Aunt Aimee’s 2nd husband, not much liked. Aimee was Bill Fallowfiled’s mother – she remarried. Aimee was Blanche’s sister.
Thuri/e: Arthur von Poellnitz, Wynne’s uncle, married to Lena. Herman was his son.
Some words you may come across, mostly in the early diaries.
Chippy: not well, ill
Decayed: off colour, tired.
Seedy: used indiscriminately to cover off colour to serious illness.
Bucked: to talk, prate, brag – also noun, a chat. Also spelt bukh (from Hindi: Bak – talk)
Quilps and Cranks: to indicate a good party with jokes and chat, as in “I met many old friends and exchanged quilps and cranks.” (Feb 12th, 1923).
Barlowing, to Barlow: to go on educational and instructive outings, to learn interesting information. From “Sandford and Merton” by Thomas Day. Wynne’s children took the name of the pedantic tutor in the book and named their mother Mr Barlow after her love of these outings.
Blues: as today, interesting to see it used so early, not related to the music.
Footle: waste time, play around, desultory use of time.
High jinks: same meaning as today
Dusty: as in not so dusty, good.
“on the Sheesh” – on a visit to London – begging?more pocket money?
Pogbag, pogbaggish: dull, boring (but note use for HKJ)
Kodak: used as a verb, to kodak something, ie: to photograph.
Airyfied: usually when saying something not a bit a…ie: down to earth, interesting
Tooled: rode, went (on bikes)
Datchey: touchy, off colour.
Jungle cramps – stomach problems
Twiddle-ums – ?
Frivolled: played with
Bardy: as in quite a b… party or group
Downy: as in trot to my downy, ie: go to bed.
And finally, Wynne’s secret code from the earliest diary…