"nudiusterian" and "egge"

Joel S. Berson Berson at ATT.NET
Sat Jan 12 17:49:07 UTC 2013

In The Simple Cobler of Aggavvamm, Nathaniel Ward wrote "but when I
heare a nugiperous Gentledame inquire what dresse the Queen is in
this week : what the nudiusterian fashion of the Court; with egge to
be in it in all haste, whatever it be; I look at her as the very
gizzard of a trifle [and so forth]."  (4th ed., 1647, p. 26.)

Is there a consensus on what Ward meant by "nudiusterian"?  I'd like
it to be something like "newest, most recent".

And I suppose "egge" is "eager".


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