"nudiusterian" and "egge"

Joel S. Berson Berson at ATT.NET
Sat Jan 12 18:28:26 UTC 2013

I have just come upon a commentary on "The Simple Cobler" that reads
"nudiusterian" as two words, meaning "day before yesterday".  Agreed?


>Date: Sat, 12 Jan 2013 12:49:07 -0500
>To: American Dialect Society <ADS-L at LISTSERV.UGA.EDU>
>From: "Joel S. Berson" <Berson at att.net>
>Subject: "nudiusterian" and "egge"
>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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