Goyim, Pallone, Commedia dell' arte, Scenario (1768)

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by Joseph Baretti
London: T. Davies
in two volumes

   OED cites this work three times (orgeat, tarrocco, and slingsman).  The
title is different and different dates are also given (1768 and 1769).  Beats
me who does this stuff.

Pg. 172:  ..._commedie dell' arte_ (a cant name for those burleque plays
substituted to the _commedie antiche_)...
(OED has 1877 for "commedie dell arte," which is here several times--ed.)

Pg. 174:  ..._scenario_ (so this kind of dramatic skeleton is called)...
(OED has 1878 for "scenario"--ed.)

Pg. 178:  ..which brought about the formation of those musical drama's now
called _opera's_ when they are serious, and _opera buffa's_, or _burletta's_,
when they are burlesque.
(OED has 1802 for "opera buffa"--ed.)

Pg. 180:  As for our _opera buffa's_ or _burletta's_, though we have a
multitude of them, yet no one is worth reading.

Pg. 180:  They invented likewise two other drama's, one called (Pg. 181--ed.)
_commedie pastorali_, _pastoral plays_, the other _commedie rustiche_,
_rustic plays_.

Pg. 199:  ..._cinquecentisti_*...
*THe Italians give this collective name to the learned who flourished in the
sixteenth century, or they call _Trecentisti_, _Quattrocentisti_, and
_Secentisti_, those who flourished in the fourteenth, fifteenth, and
sixteenth centuries.
(OED has all these terms, from about 1832, 1841, 1871, and 1875.  Put an
asterisk and leave off the ending--ed.)

Pg. 216:  These _serenatas_, as we call them...
(OED has 1743, then 1834--ed.)

Pg. 105:  Yet this is no hardship on them, because they never voluntarily mix
with the _Gohims_, as they (Jews--ed.) call us, and superstitiously abhor all
food that is not dressed by cooks of their own persuasion.
(OED has 1841 for "goyim," under "goy"--ed.)

Pg. 174:  ...their common custom of _improvvisare_; that is, of singing
verses extempore to the guitar and other stringed instruments.
(There's a long explanation here.  OED has 1786 for "improvisation"--ed.)

Pg. 192:  As to the generality of our peasants and lower sort of people, they
breakfast on _polenta_, which is a sort of pudding made with the flower of
turkey-corn, on which while it is hot they spread some fresh butter, with the
addition of some walnuts or a slice of cheese, if they can afford it.

Pg. 195:  A common dinner begins with what is called in England a French
soup, and still oftener with a mess either of rice, of macaroni's, or of
legumes: then follow the boiled meats; then the roasted; and last the cheese
and fruit: nor is it customary to dine but in this order.

Pg. 206:  ...vandyke dress...
(OED has 1755, then 1769 under "vandyke"--ed.)

Pg. 207:  ...the Genoese _mestro_, and the divers sorts of _zendudo's_, or
head-dresses and veils.
(OED has 1789 for "zendale"--ed.)

Pg. 233:  ..._Pallone_.  A Pallone is a leather-ball filled with air, and
about as big as a man's head.
(OED has 1873 for "pallone"--ed.)

Pg. 252:  _alla moda_  (_fashionable_)...

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