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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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Feb. 1st, 2007 01:50 pm (UTC)
What? You mean Sue Deer's only 21???

Oh for the days when I'd just joined the fandom... I was 14, and reasonably certain that everyone I met/heard of was older than I was...
Feb. 1st, 2007 01:56 pm (UTC)
Here's lookin' at you, Sue!
. . .
AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA :::hides under the bed:::
Feb. 1st, 2007 02:07 pm (UTC)
*finally gets that*


Feb. 1st, 2007 05:46 pm (UTC)

That Trumpet Marine thing looks rather daunting to play! It's tall! And I find it endlessly amusing that it was being played at the Fleet Tavern, as Fleet is now known as a company which makes...umm... things that allow one to evacuate one's bowels. Quickly. Perhaps the coincidence is not unintentional!

I'm now trying to think of some other movie for the hands to performs... hmm!
Feb. 2nd, 2007 02:34 am (UTC)
Heh! I was wondering if there were any specimens of it still floating around. Nifty!

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