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About Monday 18 August 1662

Chris Squire UK  •  Link

OED has:

“half-square n. Obs. (see quots.).
1662 S. Pepys Diary 18 Aug. (1970) III. 169 The whole mystery of off [half]-square, wherein the King is abused in the timber that he buys.
1674 W. Leybourn Compl. Surveyor (ed. 3) 345 Most Artificers when they meet with Squared Timber, whose breadth and depth are unequal..usually add the breadth and depth together, and take the half for a Mean Square, and so proceed..If the difference be great, the Error is very obnoxious either to Buyer or Seller.”

About Friday 15 August 1662

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OED has:

‘expropriate, v. < late Latin expropriāt- . .
1. trans. To dispossess (a person) of ownership; to deprive of property . .
1611 R. Cotgrave Dict. French & Eng. Tongues Exproprié, expropriated . . ‘

About Monday 11 August 1662

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OED agrees with Bill and has:

‘cheap, n.1 < A common Germanic noun: Old English céap ‘barter, buying and selling, market, price, merchandise, stock, cattle’ . . Old English is the only language in which the noun has the sense ‘cattle’, so that there is no ground for taking that as the original sense; it was either, like the word cattle n. itself, a special application of the general sense ‘merchandise, stock’, or perhaps connected with the use of cattle as a medium of exchange . .
Obs.
I. As a simple n.
1. A bargain about the bartering or exchanging of one commodity for another, or of giving money or the like for any commodity; bargaining, trade, buying and selling. . .
2. a. The place of buying and selling; market. . .
b. in place-names, as Cheapside, Eastcheap.) . . ‘

About Sunday 10 August 1662

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OED has:

‘neat < Anglo-Norman neet . .
. . 3. b. Of language or speech: well chosen or expressed; brief, clear, and to the point; pithy, epigrammatic.
. . 1687 J. Evelyn Diary (1955) IV. 539 A very quaint neate discourse of moral Righteousnesse.

. . c. Of actions, etc.: involving special skill, accuracy, or precision; cleverly contrived or executed.
. . 1663 S. Pepys Diary 11 Aug. (1971) IV. 272 We went in and there shewed Mrs. Turner his perspective and volary..which is a most neat thing . .

. . d. Of preparations, esp. in cookery: skilfully or tastefully prepared; choice; elegant. Obs.
. . 1669 S. Pepys Diary 24 Feb. (1976) IX. 458 Had a mighty neat dish of custards and tarts . . ‘

About Wednesday 6 August 1662

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OED has

‘wind n. . . 19. down (the) wind .
. . b. fig. Towards decay or ruin; into or (commonly) in a depressed or unfortunate condition, in evil plight; to go down the wind , to ‘go down’, decline. Obs.
1600 P. Holland tr. Livy Rom. Hist. xxxiv. 867 When they saw him downe the wind and fortune to frowne upon him.
. . 1673 W. Cave Primitive Christianity ii. vi. 147 In the time of Constantine when Paganism began to go down the wind.
.. . 1827 Scott Jrnl. 25 Apr. (1941) 45 The old Tory party is down the wind.’

About Monday 4 August 1662

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OED has:

‘droll, v. < obsolete French drôler ‘to play the wag’, etc. . .
1. intr. To make sport or fun; to jest, joke; to play the buffoon. Const. with, at, on, upon.
. . 1665 Earl of Marlborough Fair Warnings 19 There was no greater argument of a foolish and inconsiderate person, than profanely to droll at Religion.
. . 1680 Vindic. Conforming Clergy (ed. 2) 32 An Author..that drolls with every thing.

. . drolling n. . .
1670 G. Havers tr. G. Leti Il Cardinalismo di Santa Chiesa i. i. 19 [They] use but drolling and impertinence in their Arguments . . ‘

About Thursday 7 August 1662

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OED has:

‘interest n. < French interest . . 6. Influence due to personal connection; power of influencing the action of others . .
. . 1653 Act Govt. Commw. 45 Several persons of Interest and Fidelity in this Commonwealth.
1676 tr. G. Guillet de Saint-Georges Acct. Voy. Athens 365 Her interest with him is such, that she governs him absolutely.
. . 1761 D. Hume Hist. Eng. II. xxxvi. 293 To raise the people in the counties..where his interest lay.’

About Tuesday 29 July 1662

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OED has:

‘knave < Old English cnapa . .
. . 3. a. A dishonest unprincipled man; a cunning unscrupulous rogue; a villain; (in early use also) †an unpleasant or disagreeable man (obs.). Often contrasted with fool. Freq. as a term of abuse.
Now the most common sense, but somewhat arch. in modern use.
. . 1668 S. Pepys Diary 29 Jan. (1976) IX. 41 The veriest knave and bufflehead* that ever he saw in his life . . ‘

* = ‘buffalo-head’

About Friday 18 July 1662

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OED has:

‘wainscot, n. < Middle Low German wagenschot .
2. Panel-work of oak or other wood, used to line the walls of an apartment.
. . a1616 Shakespeare As you like It (1623) iii. i. 79 This fellow wil but ioyne you together, as they ioyne Wainscot, then one of you wil proue a shrunke pannell.
. . 1711 J. Addison Spectator No. 235. ¶2 A certain Person..who when he is pleased with any thing that is acted upon the Stage, expresses his Approbation by a loud Knock upon the Benches or the Wainscot.
1716 J. Addison Drummer i. 6 Like a Rat behind a Wainscot. . . ‘