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Carmichael has posted 10 annotations/comments since 24 August 2015.

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Third Reading

About Monday 31 December 1660

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Interesting question, Croaker!…

"The earliest known use of the noun spoiler is in the mid 1500s.
OED's earliest evidence for spoiler is from 1535, in Biblia: the Bible."

And the rest of the explanation is behind a paywall. So old, but not sure if used in the same sense.

About Thursday 6 December 1660

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"I never knew so good a companion in all my observation."

What a great sentence! I will borrow/steal it when referring to my friends when out at the bar, indulging in "songs and stories in a Scotch tone."

It vexes me not!

About Thursday 8 November 1660

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"...we got to London before two in the morning. So home, where I found my wife up, she shewed me her head..."

The patterns - or lack thereof - of his day fascinate me.

"Hi, honey, I'm home! Sorry it's 2 AM."
"No problem. Check out my haircut!"
"Looks great! Good night!"

About Monday 10 September 1660

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What's new is old ... in the American TV series "The Bear," close friends refer to each other as "cousin" (explicitly and frequently). Sam did the same, some 400 years ago:

"Mr. Snow (whom afterwards we called one another cozen)"

About Sunday 22 April 1660

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A great thing about this daily diary is that as current news features stories on the upcoming coronation of Charles III, I can brag that I'm well-versed on the last Charles!

Second Reading

About Monday 6 January 1667/68

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He is a wise man. As I age (just hit 60), I find inspiration in his words today: " I do really enjoy myself, and understand that if I do not do it now I shall not hereafter, it may be, be able to pay for it, or have health to take pleasure in it."

About Friday 4 October 1667

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Today's meal cost 10d. I've searched around but can't find conversions and abbreviations ... any comment on how to think about that today? I'm in the US, so say a lunch at Chipotle is around $10 USD.

About Sunday 3 February 1666/67

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Forgive me if this a bit off-topic - can any reader suggest a Pepys walking tour - or a self-guided itinerary - of Pepys' London? Visiting in a few weeks, for the first time in 35 years! These diary entries and associated annotations can allow to build one myself, I suppose - but wondering if someone has already done this. Thanks!

About Saturday 23 August 1662

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A general question, for those still reading ... what was the work week like in those days? Specifically, for a man in Pepys' position? I mean measured by hours per day, days per week, weeks per year?

"Work-life balance" is a big thing these days - Sam seems to have a had a pretty good handle on this.