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Mary K has posted 1,094 annotations/comments since 9 March 2007.

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About Friday 22 November 1667

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"neither hath, nor do ........"
Pepys demonstrates the the classically taught rhetorical Rule of Three, still in use today in our law courts; "the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth". He was originally a grammar school boy, after all.

About Saturday 19 October 1667

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"which is the first time I ever sat in a box in my life..."

Perhaps the first time that he ever officially (having paid the full price) sat in a box thus. On the earlier occasion it sounds rather as if he chanced to get carried in as part of a larger group without having set out to do any such thing.

It can happen. My husband and I once got similarly carried in to a Papal address in St. Peter's Square in the Vatican and had to extricate ourselves by ignominiously climbing out over a balustrade before the ceremonies began. We had simply been propelled forwards by other, eager participants in the occasion and assumed by the security personnel to be part of an authorized party.

About Sunday 8 September 1667

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compounding with the King

I take this to mean coming to an agreement with the King. i.e. negotiating common ground between opposing ends.

About Wednesday 4 September 1667

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that private house.

Was this, I wonder, a 17th century fore-runner of the kind of pop-up food supplier that one can encounter these days, this one making a speciality of roast pork for the duration of Bartholomew Fair?

About Tuesday 8 January 1660/61

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"an indifferent good play"

Perhaps the closest modern equivalent would be a guarded "fairly good play" or "not a bad play" but wronged ......

About Thursday 8 August 1667

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No springs at all?

In 1625 one Edward Knapp was granted a patent "for hanging the bodies of coaches by springs of steel." Who knows how this coach was suspended, leather straps or steel springs?

About Thursday 1 August 1667

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This note about Blowbladder Street was taken from a past edition of 'Notes and Queries' (first published 1849) which "is a long-running quarterly scholarly journal that publishes short articles related to "English language and literature, lexicography, history, and scholarly antiquarianists. Its emphasis is on "the factual rather than the speculative."
Judging by the typeface used, this particular note was published quite some years ago - probably 19th century.

About Thursday 1 August 1667

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Blowbladder Street.

According to Defoe's Journal of the Plague Year, this street was so named because the butchers who traded there had in the past (when?) been caught out inflating carcasses "by means of pipes" to make them look larger and fatter than they really were. The rogues were reported to the Lord Mayor and punished.

About Friday 19 December 1662

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"give over" can also be used to stop someone trying to tell you something that's plainly untrue, unlikely or misleading.

About Saturday 6 July 1667

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Nose-bleeds

According to The Encyclopedia of Superstitions (Richard Webster, available as an e--book) a nose-bleed was traditionally regarded as a sign of bad luck; especially so if it came from the right nostril, as that portended a death. (But doesn't specify whose death).

About Friday 5 July 1667

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Gloves again.

If it's perhaps a question of fine, kid gloves, then they can be difficult and time-consuming to clean without causing distortion or hardening of the leather, so might have needed fairly frequent replacement. Given that lye, which is strongly alkaline, formed the basis of soap in the 17th century, even gentle washing probably presented additional problems.

About Saturday 29 June 1667

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do do.

Similar difference in emphases. First 'do' is 3rd person singular, present indicative of the verb; second 'do' is the infinitive of the verb.

About Saturday 29 June 1667

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No stutter. The first 'that' lacks emphasis, the second 'that' has full emphasis. Perfectly rational.

About Wednesday 19 June 1667

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Not quite till about 10 p.m. in Pepys's day. Remember that his 'now' is not exactly the same as our current 'now' but is those critical 11 days adrift and at this time of year is one further hour adrift because UK is on British Summer Time, not GMT. However, hardly broad daylight even in 1667.

About Thursday 20 June 1667

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"against the hair"

cf. the modern expression 'to rub someone up the wrong way', though the earlier phrase appears to carry more import.

About Monday 31 March 1662

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This sort of apoplexy also sounds similar in appearance to some manifestations of epilepsy.

About Wednesday 5 June 1667

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And of course our laws are still passed in Parliament with the statement "La Reine le veult."

About Wednesday 1 January 1661/62

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Misreading: Pepys only went to see the play once. The first mention of it is simply that he noticed that that was the play that was to be presented later in the day.