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The 12 Best Dowagerisms of Downton Abbey

Downton Abbey Dowagerisms
Isobel, Cora & Violet.

The time has come. As we speak, the final series of Downton Abbey is airing on British TV. The show that has brought smiles and tears to viewers around the world for the last six years is finally coming to an end. But, as you wait for the last season to hit your part of the world, don’t despair! Instead, let’s look back at the wit and wisdom of one of our favourite characters, the Dowager Countess, Lady Violet Crawley. Known to the official Downton Twitter team as “Dowagerisms,” these bonmots have been the highlight of many an episode. Here are some favourites:

The 12 Best Dowagerisms

(Pictures from Various Seasons)

#1 What is a ‘week-end?’

Downton Abbey Dowagerisms

Ah, yes, Lady Violet. This new-fangled terminology. Be grateful you don’t have to contend with selfies and twerking.

#2 Vulgarity is no substitute for wit.

Downton Abbey Dowagerisms


#3 He’s a man.  Men don’t have rights.

Downton Abbey Dowagerisms

Not when you’re around, Lady Violet!

#4 You’re addressing your mother. Not the committee of the women’s institute.

Downton Abbey Dowagerisms

Some classic mother-son interaction there.

#5 We’re being realistic. Something your generation has such trouble with.

Downton Abbey Dowagerisms

These youngsters just don’t get it, do they, Lady Violet?

#6 I wonder your halo doesn’t get heavy, it must be like wearing a tiara ’round the clock.

Downton Abbey Dowagerisms

Yes, nothing says Dowagerism more than some friendly banter with Mrs Isobel Crawley. Which reminds us…

Isobel: What shall we call each other?

#7 Violet: We could always start with Mrs Crawley and Lady Grantham.

Downton Abbey Dowagerisms

And here is the Dowager’s best “pot calling the kettle black” moment:

#8 Don’t be such a snob.

Downton Abbey Dowagerisms

Because you would never do such a thing, Lady Violet…

To round off the list of Dowagerisms, I offer some spoiler-free gems from series 6 on the next page (Pictures are still from various seasons).

By on October 30th, 2015

About Elizabeth Hopkinson

Elizabeth Hopkinson is a fantasy writer from Bradford, West Yorkshire, UK - home of the Brontë sisters and the Cottingley Fairies. She loves fairy tale and history, especially the 18th century, and is currently writing a trilogy set in a fantasy version of baroque Italy. Her short fiction has appeared in many publications, and her historical fantasy novel, Silver Hands, is available from all good book outlets. You can check out Elizabeth's website at hiddengrove.pwp.blueyonder.co.uk.

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