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in Aqua Scripto  •  Link

The mention of a common item such as an apple in January must about rarity of storage of an apple of the Bramley that can be stored and brought out in late winter for cooking.

San Diego Sarah  •  Link

Apple of my eye

To be the apple of someone’s eye is to be their most adored companion, but what exactly is an eye apple?

This idiom is one of the oldest in the English language, traced back to the 9th century. Back then, it was assumed that the pupil of the eye was a round, solid object, and it was often compared to an apple, as apples were a commonly known round object.

The delicate nature of sight (and its tendency to fade with age) made vision precious and over the years the phrase “apple of my eye” came to be used in reference to anything or anyone a person held dear.

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References

Chart showing the number of references in each month of the diary’s entries.

1663

1665

  • Jan

1666

  • Nov

1667

  • Jan

1668