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The Meaning of the Name Tussie Mussie

The name Tussie Mussie may have a number of derivations; in the fifteenth century, tussie mussies were recorded as a 'tumose of flowrys or other herbys'. Other records indicate that the name may originally have been spelled tuzzy muzzy; tuzzy is an olde English word meaning 'a knot of flowers', and muzzy may have referred to the damp moss which was wrapped around the flower stems to keep them moist.

The Elizabethan Tussie Mussie

During the English Elizabethan era, tussie mussies were frequently exchanged between lovers; many Elizabethan tussie mussies included Thyme (Thymus vulgaris), Marjoram (Origanum marjorana), Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia), Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis), Chamomile (Chamaemelum nobile) and the Mints (Mentha spp.).Tussie mussies soon…

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The Meaning of the Name Tussie Mussie

The name Tussie Mussie may have a number of derivations; in the fifteenth century, tussie mussies were recorded as a 'tumose of flowrys or other herbys'. Other records indicate that the name may originally have been spelled tuzzy muzzy; tuzzy is an olde English word meaning 'a knot of flowers', and muzzy may have referred to the damp moss which was wrapped around the flower stems to keep them moist.

The Elizabethan Tussie Mussie

During the English Elizabethan era, tussie mussies were frequently exchanged between lovers; many Elizabethan tussie mussies included Thyme (Thymus vulgaris), Marjoram (Origanum marjorana), Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia), Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis), Chamomile (Chamaemelum nobile) and the Mints (Mentha spp.).Tussie mussies soon became a secret code between lovers, as different flowers began to carry different meanings.

The Victorian Tussie Mussie

The Victorians made it extremely fashionable to exchange tussie mussies. The Victorians considered a young lady to be cultured if she understood the study of flowers; this included creating flower arrangements, drawing and painting flowers, pressing flowers and growing flowers. The language of love was conveyed through flowers and every educated young lady and gentleman knew the meaning of every flower presented in a tussie mussie.
The Meaning of the Flowers in a Tussie Mussie

The language of flowers was taken very seriously by the Victorians, although historians find it difficult to attach one particular meaning to a flower; flower meanings seem to vary widely between different book publications. However, it is believed that the Victorian Tussie Mussie flower language derived from Le Langage des Fleurs by Charlotte de la Tour (Louise Cortambert), published in Paris, France in 1818 and later translated into English.

Some flower meanings include the following:

* Lavender – luck, forgiveness
* Marjoram – blushes
* Rosemary – remembrance
* Lilac – love's first emotion
* Orange Blossom – chastity
* Carnation – pure love
* Rose (white) – innocent love
* Rose ( red) – passion
* Rose ( pink) – romantic love
* Star-of-Bethlehem – reconciliation
* Witch Hazel – a spell
* Sweet Pea – delicate pleasures
* Tansy – I declare war
* Ivy – wedded love
* Holly – domestic happiness.

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