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Susan   Link to this

Most intriguing! *What* is a "dirty dinner" ? And is "rending" an error for "reading"? If not, what does this mean too?

Vicente   Link to this

Dirty Dinner, 'tis like a rotten dinner, [not fit for the rubbish 'eap] 'tis my take. I do even think that an ordinary could be very ordinary sort of meal.

Pauline   Link to this

Dirty Dinner
And perhaps unappetizing leftover odds and ends indifferently slopped together and served. Cleaning up after the Coronacion and a throbbing head with which to do it. A kind of "hash"?

When a "dirty dinner" comes your way, you will immediately recognize it.

daniel   Link to this


perhaps the dirty dinner causes one to "rend" before bed!

dirk   Link to this

"dirty dinner"

Searching around for this on the web, I found the term seems to have survived in college lingo (?).

I found the following description - which says it all, I think:
"It's quick and mostly fool-proof - plus very little clean-up."

dirk   Link to this


Transcription error most likely - maybe somebody with the L&M can help us out here. In the Wheatley edition "and after a little reading to bed" occurs a couple of times, whereas "rending" only once (in this entry).

A shorthand error by Sam is very unlikely, I think, as the vowel "a" would not have been written as a seperate sign, and "n" would.

dirk   Link to this

John Evelyn's diary for today:

"went to the Society where were divers Experiments in Mr. Boyls Pneumatique Engine. We put in a Snake but could not kill it, by exhausting the aire, onely made it extreamly sick, but the chick died of Convulsions out right, in a short space:"

(probably the vacuum was not very vacuum!)

Mary   Link to this

L&M confirm 'reading', not 'rending'

Rich Merne   Link to this

Pneumatique snake;

How does extreame sickness manifest in a snake. Just wondering; does it throw up, roll it's eyes or stagger? I dont think snakes can stagger. Maybe, in lieu of staggering, it behaved like Pope's "needless alexandrine".

Jenny Doughty   Link to this

Rich - you mean 'dragged its slow length along' ?

Rich Merne   Link to this

You have it Jenny!

Vicente   Link to this

"dirty dinner" Dirk, thanks for the memory of getting somert quick and simple. The phrase does come back to me " Mum, get me something quick & dirty, Please", says moi rushing around with me head off, meaning whatever you have available now, don't go to any bother, I've got a game to go to.

Vicente   Link to this

Re: "rending", Dirks rendition does seem to make the best sense. Not ripping up somert in violence as the missus is away and may no delousing to night. So wot did happen to the 'ired 'elp, just him and the boy maybe?

A. De Araujo   Link to this

"dirty dinner"it could also mean something that was touched by that monkey that they used to have;by the way what has happened to that monkey? could it be that SP was so upset about the creature that he avoided thinking about it let alone mention it in his diary?

tc   Link to this

All the morning with my workmen with great pleasure to see them near coming to an end.

I assume Sam is just hanging around the house watching the men work. Lucky workmen. In my trade (yacht rigging) we have a rule: work is charged at the regular rate, unless the customer watches the work being done, in which case it is double the regular rate. If the customer helps (or tries to help) with the work, it is triple the regular rate.

Sweat equity is a fine thing, unless one doesn't know what one is doing and just gets in the way!

I sense Sam has an appreciation for tradesmen (even if they are working "foreign"), men who have mastered a skill, men who work with their hands. Maybe that's natural for a tailor's son, no matter how grand his station in life may have become.

And hopefully, too, perhaps Sam has learned from the Petts to appreciate good workmanship.

Vicente   Link to this

the D.D.: A. De Araujo it was at the local ordinary{cafe- fixe pris } every one had been caught up in all that pomp and pomposity that they forgot to do their KP duties etc. 'Twas like "Here matey here is a couple of crusts" type of deal.
the Simian, probable gone the way of all pets or maybe he ran away to be with an street organist.

M.Stolzenbach   Link to this

Monkey on premises (let's hope not)

Wouldn't you love to be a set of workmen trying to get a job done with a resident monkey larking about!

Rich Merne   Link to this

"dirty dinner";
Everyone's in on the act. Here's mine. In Paris once as a young man, being *bruk*, but having a book called "paris on a dollar a day". Picking the restaurants on this basis was a never to be forgotten nadir of DDs

Hic retearius   Link to this


What a great series of diary and blog entries. Fluency in reading Sam's diary must rank with Shakespeare as compensation and more for being saddled with this scabrous mongrel of a language.

This old netter is sorely tempted hereafter to spell coronacion that way as a secret sign to the Pepys cognoscente!

Pauline   Link to this

to spell coronacion that way as a secret sign to the Pepys cognoscente!
Yes! I felt that tug too.

(After all we have been through in these 16 months, why this word? Some critical mass has been reached?)

Vicente   Link to this

"coronacion" wot's wong with the spellen. 'Tis veddy clear "coron = crown; acio[n] the action, doing, official duties ,.. wat's wong with dat, good old latin straight from St Paul's school of Latin. Officially ',tis middle English [coronacion] to be spelt later by those who like the French version "Coronation" better.

Chris Squire UK   Link to this

OED has:

‘coronation, n. Also ME coronacioun, ME coronatyown, coronacyone, ME–15 coronacyon, coronacion, (ME corenacyon, 15 cronation, 16 corronation) < Old French coronacion < Latin corōnātiōn . . ’

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