John "The Gneech" Robey (the_gneech) wrote,
John "The Gneech" Robey

Happy Birthday, susandeer!

You're finally legal and can stop using that fake ID to buy your Irish cream! =)

For your present, here's today's Forgotten English!

trumpet marine
An instrument with a bellows, resembling a lute, having a long neck with a string, which being struck with a hairbow sounds like a trumpet.
--Edward Phillips' New World of English Words, 1696

An Early London Concert Series
Jacob Larwood's A History of Songboards (1866) reprinted the following advertisement from the February 1, 1674, edition of London's Gazette: "A rare consort of four trumpets marine, never heard of before in England. If any persons desire to come and hear it, they may repair to the Fleet Tavern near St. James's about two o'clock in the afternoon every day in the week except Sundays. Every consort shall continue one hour. The places are one shilling, the others sixpence." The charms of this curious instrument were displayed on another occasion, October 24, 1667, when in his diary Samuel Pepys praised the playing of a Mr. Prin, "which he do beyond belief, and the truth is it do so far outdo a trumpet as nothing more. The instrument is open at the end, I discovered, but he would not let me look into it."

-The Gneech

PS: While I'm at it, stolen from kinkyturtle: Star Wars, done with hands.
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