05.27.131:34 PM ET

Jane Austen Coined Modern Slang

Quoted 1,640 times in Oxford English dictionary.

It is a truth universally acknowledged … if you know the rest, chances are you know the influence that Jane Austen has had on our vocabulary. The British novelist is responsible for 1,640 phrases in the Oxford English Dictionary, including “If I told you once, I’ve told you 100 times.” Three hundred and twenty-one of those phrases are from her 1815 classic Emma, including the terms “dinner-party” and “brace yourself.”