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About Monday 24 March 1661/62

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OED has:

‘peruke, n. . . perhaps < Italian perruca . .
2. a. A skullcap covered with hair so as to imitate the natural hair of the head; a wig; a periwig. In early use freq. in false (also artificial) peruke . Now hist. In quot. 1662 apparently: a lovelock.
. . 1662 S. Pepys Diary 24 Mar. (1970) III. 51 By and by comes la Belle Perce to see my wife and to bring her a pair of peruques of hair.’

About Sunday 23 March 1661/62

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DNB has:

‘ . . Charles wrote . . that Catherine's ‘face is not so exact as to be caled a beuty, though her eyes are excelent good, and not any thing in her face that in the least degree can shoque one’ . . A later report claimed that Charles privately told one of his companions that he thought they had brought him a bat rather than a woman. The king's contemporaries also concluded that Catherine was not a beauty: she had rather protruding teeth ‘wronging her mouth’ and was very short and slight, but they agreed that her large, dark eyes were, as one observer put it, ‘angelic’ . . ‘

About Saturday 22 March 1661/62

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OED has:

‘fumble . . probably onomatopoeic; compare bumble , jumble , mumble , stumble , also famble n., fimble . .
1. a. intr. To use one's hands or fingers awkwardly or ineffectually; to grope about . . ‘

‘fumbler, n.
a. One who fumbles,
1519 W. Horman Vulgaria iii. f. 31, No man shulde rebuke..a stuttar or fumblar.
b. slang. (See quot. 1699.)
. . 1699 B. E. New Dict. Canting Crew Fumbler, an unperforming Husband, one that is insufficient.’

About Tuesday 18 March 1661/62

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OED has:

‘ague, n. < Anglo-Norman < post-classical Latin acuta
1. An acute or high fever; disease, or a disease, characterized by such fever, esp. when recurring periodically, spec. malaria. Also: a malarial paroxysm, or (esp. in later use) the initial stage of such a paroxysm, marked by an intense feeling of cold and shivering . .
a1616 Shakespeare Julius Caesar (1623) ii. ii. 113 That same Ague which hath made you leane.
1678 S. Butler Hudibras: Third Pt. iii. i. 38 'Tis but an Ague that's reverst, Whose hot fit takes the Patient first.
1719 D. Defoe Life Robinson Crusoe 101 An Ague very violent; the Fit held me seven Hours, cold Fit and hot, with faint Sweats after it.’

About Monday 17 March 1661/62

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OED has:

‘pink, n.2 < Middle Dutch pincke small sea-going ship, fishing-boat
a. A small sailing vessel, usually having a narrow stern; spec. (a) a flat-bottomed boat with bulging sides, used for coasting and fishing; (b) a small warship in which the stern broadens out at the level of the upper deck to accommodate quarter guns . .
. . 1574 J. Baret Aluearie P 349 A Pinke: a little shippe.
. . 1794 D. Steel Elements & Pract. Rigging & Seamanship I. 236 Pinks are mediterranean-vessels, and differ from the Xebec only in being more lofty, and not sharp in the bottom, as they are vessels of burthen. They have long narrow sterns, and three masts, carrying latteen-sails.
. . 1894 R. O. Heslop Northumberland Words Pink, an old-fashioned type of collier vessel, familiar on the Tyne until about the middle of the present century . . ‘

About Monday 17 March 1661/62

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OED has:

‘see . . 5. a. trans. To direct the sight (literal or metaphorical) intentionally to; to look at, contemplate, examine, inspect, or scrutinize; to visit (a place); to attend (a play, etc.) as a spectator . . Also to see and (to) be seen; hence see-and-be-seen attrib. phr.
. . 1828 Scott Jrnl. 3 May (1941) 236 After the dinner I went to Mrs. Scott of Harden, to see and be seen by her nieces.
. . a1911 W. S. Gilbert Lost Bab Ballads (1932) 31 To see and be seen is for what we pay At Islington on the half-crown day.
1960 Times 3 June 6/5 London audiences to which the social see-and-be-seen set attaches itself.
1961 Economist 25 Nov. 770/1 This mixing of ‘blind’ traffic with see-and-be-seen aircraft is particularly dangerous in overcrowded terminal areas.’

About Sunday 16 March 1661/62

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OED has:

‘mat, v.1
. . 2. trans. (usu. in pass.). a. To cover or protect with mats or matting; to provide with a mat. Also with up.
. . 1664 J. Evelyn Kalendarium Hortense 81 in Sylva Keep the Doors and Windows of your Conservatories well matted.
1672–3 in Trans. Devonshire Assoc. Adv. Sci. (1894) 26 345 Ffor stopping of the presentment at the Deane Ruralls Renewing ffor nott Matting the seates . . ‘

About Sunday 16 March 1661/62

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OED has:

‘decoy, n.2 < Decoy . . was preceded by a simple form coy < Dutch kooi of the same meaning . .; but the origin of the de- is undetermined.
1. A pond or pool out of which run narrow arms or ‘pipes’ covered with network or other contrivances into which wild ducks or other fowl may be allured and there caught.
. . a1684 J. Evelyn Diary anno 1665 (1955) III. 404 His Majestie was now finishing the Decoy in the Park . . ‘

About Thursday 20 March 1661/62

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The odd thing, in retrospect, is that it took scholars so long to realise that the key to his code was hidden in plain sight, in his library.

OED has: ‘tachygraphy, n. < Greek ταχύς swift + -graphy
‘The art or practice of quick writing’ (Johnson); variously applied to shorthand, and (in palæography) to cursive as distinguished from angular letters, to the Egyptian hieratic, and to the Greek and Latin writing of the Middle Ages with its many abbreviations and compendia.
. . 1656 T. Blount Glossographia Tachygraphy, the art or description of swift writing.
1778 Biographia Britannica (ed. 2) I. 538 (note) , Thomas Shelton became famous..for his Tachygraphy; or easy, exact, and speedy short writing.’

About Friday 14 March 1661/62

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OED has:

‘torpedo, n. < Latin torpēdo stiffness, numbness . .
1. a. A flat fish of the genus Torpedo .. . characterized by the faculty of emitting electric discharges . .
. . 1646 Sir T. Browne Pseudodoxia Epidemica iii. vii. 119 Torpedoes deliver their opium at a distance, and stupifie beyond themselves . .

. . 2. a. orig. A case charged with gunpowder designed to explode under water after a given interval so as to destroy any vessel in its immediate vicinity; later also, a self-propelled submarine missile, usually cigar-shaped, carrying an explosive which is fired by impact with its objective.

The original torpedo was a towed or drifting submarine mine, used to defend channels, harbours, and the like ( drifting or moored torpedo ); it was towed at an angle by means of a spar extending at right angles ( otter or towing torpedo ), or carried on a ram or projecting pole ( boom-torpedo, out-rigger-torpedo, spar-torpedo).
1776 J. Thacher Mil. Jrnl. (1823) 75 Mr. Bushnell gave to his machine the name of American Turtle or Torpedo . . ‘