Daily entries from the 17th century London diary
Louise Hudson has posted 50 annotations/comments since 9 November 2013.
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About Wednesday 16 October 1661
My Joy of Cooking cookbook defines sounds as cod cheeks. Pepys said they were excellent meat, which would fit, unlike fish bladders, as JWB pointed out.
About Sunday 29 September 1661
Linda Camidge, I think you're right and "foxed" was an antecedent to today's appellation, even if it did have a specific meaning in Sam's day. Words have a way of morphing and this is too good to deny.
About Monday 23 September 1661
Some of the old timers are still around, I had a response from one gentleman after 10 years. I forget who it was now.
Pedro wrote "Sam seeing that some of the blame, for the wrangling, may also be a fault of his father."
That's exactly the first thought I had when I read it--10 years after Pedro's annotation.
I know the history of this site, but, I, too, wish there could have been some comments between 2004 and 2014. Oh, well, That's life. And so to bed!
About Friday 20 September 1661
This entry shows Pepys' writing at its most incomprehensible. Of course, to give him his due, he was writing it only for himself and presumably he knew what all this meandering prose and undefined terms meant. I only wish we, some 500 years later, could know what actually took place and what Pepys meant.
About Sunday 15 September 1661
Sam is apparently a snob.
About Friday 13 September 1661
Nate Lockwood wrote, ". . . but I'm at a loss to understand a Canada potato".
Isn't it possible that the reference was to potatoes grown in and shipped from Canada, and not a particular type? Canada is and has been a large producer of potatoes, at least in the past few centuries.
About Thursday 12 September 1661
Lawrence thought blind alley might describe a blind ale house, but a blind alley is one that is closed at one end.
About Saturday 7 September 1661
plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose
About Thursday 5 September 1661
I'm happy to see Elizabeth displaying her independence. If she vexes her husband, more power to her. She deserves her feathers.