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About Friday 21 February 1661/62

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For those new to the term:

‘analemma . . ancient Greek ἀνάλημμα prop or support, . . 3. A scale drawn on a terrestrial globe showing the changing position of the true sun over the course of a year; a similar item on a sundial. When the sun's declination is shown on the y-axis, and the equation of time (the difference between sundial time and clock time) on the x-axis, the resulting curve is a distorted figure 8 . . On a globe an analemma is traditionally placed in the Pacific Ocean where it least interferes with geographical features.
. . 1800 J. Vint Conc. Syst. Mod. Geogr. I. 31 A kind of calendar on a narrow slip of paper, and called an analemma, containing the months and days; and also the sun's declination for each day. This on some globes pasted across the equator at the vernal equinox . .’ [OED]

About Saturday 22 February 1661/62

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‘stand . . III. An appliance to stand something on.
21. a. A base, bracket, stool or the like upon which a utensil, ornament, or exhibit may be set; the base upon which an instrument is set up for use.
. . 1686 tr. J. Chardin Coronation Solyman 39 in Trav. Persia As we set our Candlesticks upon Tables or Stands.
. . 1706 Phillips's New World of Words (ed. 6) Stand,..a Frame to set a Candle-stick on, or a Vessel in a Cellar, &c. . .

22. A frame or piece of furniture upon which to stand or hang articles.
1692 Dryden Cleomenes Life 10 After Supper, a Stand was brought in with a brass Vessel full of Wine, two silver Pots,..a few silver Cups . . ‘

About Sunday 23 February 1661/62

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OED has:

‘cold . . 5. b. As a mass noun: disease attributed to an excess of the quality of coldness within the body or part of the body, to a superfluity of cold humours (esp. phlegm), or to exposure to low temperature; (in later use) spec. acute and self-limited catarrhal illness of the upper respiratory tract . .
. . 1646 T. Juxon Jrnl. (1999) 134 My Lord General Essex died at his house..of an apoplex, having been sick about a week, taking cold in hunting the stag.
. . 1747 J. Wesley Primitive Physick p. xxiii, Obstructed Perspiration (vulgarly called catching Cold) is one great Source of Diseases . .

c. As a count noun: an instance of such disease . . now known to be caused by any of numerous viruses . .
. . 1600 Shakespeare Henry IV, Pt. 2 iii. ii. 178 A horson cold, sir, a cough sir.
1679 London Gaz. No. 1436/4 His Majesty..has been indisposed for some days by a Cold he took . . ‘

About Tuesday 18 February 1661/62

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Daryl, 2008: There is a portrait of ‘Saltonstall, Sir Richard (bap. 1586, d. 1661), colonist in America,’ in oil, 1644, at the Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, Massachusetts.

About Monday 17 February 1661/62

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"This night was buried in Westminster the Queene of Bohemia . . “ (Evelyn)

‘ . . She was the . . (Elizabeth) eldest daughter of James VI and I, King of Scots, England, and Ireland . . her grandson succeeded to the British throne as George I of Great Britain . . The reigning British monarch, Elizabeth II, is her direct descendant of the 10th and 11th generation through different paths. Most other European royal families . . are also descended from Elizabeth Stuart . . ‘,...

And yet our diarist was too busy gambling and giving himself indigestion to noticed her funeral.

About Saturday 15 February 1661/62

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OED has:

‘sasse, n. < Dutch sas, of obscure origin = lock n.2 11.
. . 1662 S. Pepys Diary 25 Jan. (1970) III. 18 Sir N. Crisp's project of making a great sasse in the King's Lands about Deptford, to be a wett dock . . ‘


‘very . . 3. In emphatic use, denoting that the person or thing may be so named in the fullest sense of the term, or possesses all the essential qualities of the thing specified . . Common from c1550 to c1700; now chiefly in the superlative, freq. qualifying something bad, objectionable, or undesirable . .
a. With a or the preceding . .
1693 Dryden tr. Juvenal Satires vi. 112 When Poor, she's scarce a tollerable Evil; But Rich, and Fine, a Wife's a very Devil.
. . b. With a inserted between the adj. and the n. qualified, esp. as or so very a . . Now rare or Obs.
. .1667 S. Pepys Diary 29 July (1974) VIII. 364 He is as very a wencher as can be . . ‘

About Saturday 8 February 1661/62

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OED has:

‘collier . . 2. a. One who carries coal (orig. charcoal, later also pit-coal) for sale. Obs.
1479 in T. Smith & L. T. Smith Eng. Gilds (1870) 425 All maner of colyers that bryngeth coleys to towne.
. . 1662 S. Pepys Diary 8 Feb. (1970) III. 25 All the morning..with the Colliers, removing the Coles out of the old coal-hole into the new one . . ‘

About A new design

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Samuel Pepys already has a Facebook page which doesn’t link here:
‘This Page is automatically generated based on what Facebook users are interested in and not affiliated with or endorsed by anyone associated with the topic.’

No doubt FB would add a link to this site if asked nicely.

I suggest that a fan of this site of the Facebook generation should create a proper SP page and post news of their doings linked to this site. There is no reason to leave it to ‘Joe Soap’ aka Phil Gyford. There is no need to post daily. Posts about SP’s private life - his philandering and his marriage bed - would be well received by Facebookers who would be bored stiff by news of his working life. Think tabloid and you won’t go far wrong!

I am 70 and find the site easy to read. I have an FB page but I don’t use it or like FB so I am not volunteering for this.

About Tuesday 4 February 1661/62

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‘tarantism, n. . . < Taranto name of the town . . but popularly associated with tarantola the tarantula spider . .
A hysterical malady, characterized by an extreme impulse to dance, which prevailed as an epidemic in Apulia and adjacent parts of Italy from the 15th to the 17th century, popularly attributed to the bite or ‘sting’ of the tarantula. The dancing was sometimes held to be a symptom or consequence of the malady, sometimes practised as a sovereign cure for it.
1638–56 A. Cowley Davideis i. Notes §32 We should hardly be convinced of this Physick, unless it be in the particular cure of the Tarantism, the experiments of which are too notorious to be denyed or eluded.
. . 1883 Chambers's Encycl. IX. 296/2 Tarantism may be defined a leaping or dancing mania, originating in, or supposed to originate in, an animal poison... The gesticulations, contortions, and cries somewhat resembled those in St. Vitus's Dance, and other epidemic nervous diseases of the middle ages . . ‘

Paul Chapin 05.02.05:

‘scour, v.2 < Middle Dutch . . schûren
. . 9. fig. To beat, scourge. Hence, to punish, treat severely.
c1386 Chaucer Parson's Tale ⁋596 He..broghte a yerde to scoure with the child.
. . a1593 Marlowe Tragicall Hist. Faustus (1604) sig. D3v, Ile teach ye to impeach honest men: stand by, Ile scowre you for a goblet.
. . 1662 S. Pepys Diary 4 Feb. (1970) III. 23 We shall scowre him for it . . ‘