Robert Watson has posted six annotations/comments since 6 May 2013.
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26 Dec 2018, 5:06 a.m. - Robert Watson
Sorry, couldn't get that right the first time with my ancient English spelling :
26 Dec 2018, 5:04 a.m. - Robert Watson
This entry is especially funny for me. I am single and after some heart-breaking events in my younger life, I am content to be alone on Christmas Day. (I am 58.) Merrie Chritemasse to all Pepysians both far and near. :-)
15 Dec 2017, 11:01 p.m. - Robert Watson
X rated. Pardon me. But Mr Caesar is mentioned in this bawdy catch by Henry Purcell--link provided below.
"No less than a Caesar..." I have a CD which has a footnote that explains that he was a musician/lutenist of that era.
24 Apr 2015, 2:26 a.m. - Robert Watson
What is a "chyrurgeon"? A surgeon? Why such an odd spelling, if so?
11 May 2013, 12:36 a.m. - Robert Watson
There are some distant relatives of mine with the surname Hoare: Pronounced in the same way as "whore" --- to rhyme with oar and bore. Of course the spelling was not Pepys's spelling, but the transcription from his phonetical shorthand.
6 May 2013, 10:09 p.m. - Robert Watson
Re: "Ivan the Terrible", or "Ivan the Dread" -- "Terrible" didn't have its modern meaning back then, either.
A few quotations from the *Authorised Version* of the Bible (1611):
Psalm 66 verse 3---> "Say unto God, How terrible art thou in thy works! through the greatness of thy power shall thine enemies submit themselves unto thee."
Psalm 99 verse3---> "Let them praise thy great and terrible name; for it is holy."
Maybe "Ivan the Terrible" is a perfectly good translation.