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

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Happy Birthday, jfd62780!

For your present, here's today's Forgotten English (© Jeffrey Kacirk):

In cookery, little pies made of breasts of capons minced with udders.
--Nathaniel Bailey's Etymological English Dictionary, 1749

Birthday of Rev. James Woodforde (1740-1803),
of Ansford, Somerset, who kept a diary during the last forty-four years of his life. While it was not as personally revealing as James Boswell's, as philosophical as Henry David Thoreau's, as caustic as Nathaniel Hawthorne's, or as aristocratically oriented as Samuel Pepys's, this journal offered readers reliable, if often mundane, vignettes of rural eighteenth-century life. The following example from 1763 is typical of the unpretentious writing style, laced with understated humor, in which Woodforde discussed his meals and expenditures: "I dined at the chaplain's table with Pickering and Waring upon roasted Tongue and Udder; and we went on, each of us, for it [cost] a shilling, ninepence. I shall not dine on roasted Tongue and Udder again very soon." Tobias Venner must have sampled this fare, as he wrote in Via Recta: A Treatise on the Right Manner of Living (1650): "The udders of beasts are not easily digested. ... They are a convenient meat for them that have good stomacks and a strong naturall heat to digest."

...and whooo lique to spelll theyre words randommly.

-The Gneyche
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