Simple definition post today, my lovely readers. A very common term found in many Regency novels is
CUT or cut direct
This refers to a public snub. If someone cuts you during the daily promenade or at a ball, it means they pretend they didn't even see you, though they clearly did. An ordinary cut could sometimes be explained away in just that manner. "They didn't see me."
A cut direct, however, was a little harder to explain away. If someone makes eye contact, making you aware that they've seen you, and then turns away with no acknowledgement, you've been given the cut direct.
A snub like this was most effective when given as publicly as possible. The more people who know of your humiliation, the better...for the cutter.*
One book mentioned that the "cut" was supposed to be used by young misses to depress the advances of unwanted or persistent suitors.
Makes sense to me.
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*This is the definition as I understand it. If anyone has a more "exact" definition, please share. :o)