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12 zingers that explain why we'll miss Lady Mary and Downton Abbey so much

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That’s it then (until Christmas at least). The sixth series of Downton Abbey has ended – controversially – with Lady Mary getting hitched and poor Lady Edith losing the man of her dreams.

But forget the plot. What we’ll miss most is the ludicrous aristo dialogue that gets bandied about between the Grantham clan and their associates.

Here’s all the archaic vocabulary, meaningful understatements, and cuttingly polite insults from the Downton finale.

1. Brouhaha: Like an upgraded kerfuffle


2. These kind of well-crafted lines that stop you short


3. Wise home truths to petulant aristos


4. Because everyone wants a “copper bottomed Marquis” for Christmas


5. Alliterative classics from Lord Grantham



6. Truly gargantuan understatements


7. The way posh butlers seem to have had their sympathy glands removed


8. Pearls of wisdom on managing your house staff


9. Criteria when looking for a man


10. Words you’ve kind of heard, but don’t really know what they mean…


11. The way elderly relatives are referred to as if summoned from Hell


12. Oh, and this – which really shows Downton’s march to modernity over the years


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