I'd like to thank everyone who took part in the quiz! I hope you had fun!
The answers (taken from the 1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue) are:
An 'abbess' is the mistress of a brothel
To be 'betwattled' is to be surprised or confounded
To be in a 'brown study' is to be lost in thought
A 'bone box' is a person's mouth
To 'shoot the cat' is to vomit
And the winner is ... Suzi Love. Congratulations Suzi! You got every answer right!
Suzi, you've won a copy of my October release Beauty and the Scarred Hero. Can you please contact me by email at worldaroundthecorner(AT)gmail(DOT)com? Congratulations -- and thanks for participating!