With the popularity of Downtown Abbey, it’s not surprising to have the term dowager come up in conversation. What is surprising is that it was my daughter who suggested it for this blog. She’s recently become hooked on Downtown herself, and wrote a great post which you can read here. The definition of dowager is: a widow holding property or a title from her deceased husband. A dignified woman. Certainly the incredible Maggie Smith fits both of those in the character of the Dowager Countess of Grantham. And as the dowager, while always dignified, she comes up with some wickedly delicious one liners and killer stares. I think she’s my favorite character in the program. But what about the word itself? When I asked my spouse what the word called to mind for him, he said: a tool, a Scottish boot putter on-er, or a role in a household. I rather like that second one. Whether you’ve seen the Downton Abbey series or not, I think you’ll enjoy this compilation video: Sh!t The Dowager Countess Says. Despite the title, don’t worry, it’s the dowager, so it’s suitable for most audiences. Cup of tea, anyone?