Especially since the N-word was not always used as a pejorative. There are those who used it as such, to others it was just a word used to denote that the person had black skin and carried no more heat than calling a fellow countryman "English" or "French" or whatever.
Given how long he's been around, he'd know dozens of slang words for things and dozens of slang meanings for the same word (in British slang "bird" was once cognate with "bloke", as evidenced by the Saint books, later "bird" was used for "woman" as in "picking up a bird" - still primarily British slang.)
You could probably get away with a cravat and still be considered only "mildly eccentric" or "has his own style" provided the rest of your clothes don't include breeches to just below the knee (with tassles), heavy brocade waistcoat, ruffled shirt, buckled shoes etc. But you could "hint at" those things with clothes of a modern cut and style.
If he uses Gratuitous French and wears a cravat, they'd just put it down to him being French.
I wonder, would he be prone to correcting people when they screw up historical facts?
One of my current WIP is about an "immortal" character who's around 200 years old and the opening chapter has him encountering a 700-year-old. How they deal with the ever-changing world around them is a factor in my story.
As immortals are fairly commonplace in my setting (there are three kinds), the older one still gets away with wearing styles from his youth and carries his old attitudes, prejudices etc as a shield (in addition to an actual shield!).
He laments the changes he's seen while the younger is more "progressive" - even leading edge - in his outlook, attire, habits etc.
edited 3rd Dec '11 3:04:27 PM by Wolf1066