"nudiusterian" and "egge"

ADSGarson O'Toole adsgarsonotoole at GMAIL.COM
Sat Jan 12 18:50:41 UTC 2013

The OED has an entry for nudiustertian.
Wiktionary has an entry for nudiustertian based on the OED. Here is a link.


Here is the OED etymology but the text/font may be scrambled in transit:

nudiustertian, adj.

Etymology:  < classical Latin nudiustertiānus (2nd cent. a.d.) <
nudius tertius the day before yesterday, lit. ‘today the third day’,
counting inclusively ( < nudius ( < nu- ( < the same Indo-European
base as now adv.) + diūs , old nominative form subsequently replaced
by diēs : see diurnal adj. and n.) + tertius third: see tertius adj.)
+ -ānus -an suffix.

Obs. rare - 1.

  Of or relating to the day before yesterday.

1647   N. Ward Simple Cobler Aggawam 26   When I heare a..Gentledame
inquire..what [is] the nudiustertian fashion of the Court; I mean the
very newest.

On Sat, Jan 12, 2013 at 1:28 PM, Joel S. Berson <Berson at att.net> wrote:
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> I have just come upon a commentary on "The Simple Cobler" that reads
> "nudiusterian" as two words, meaning "day before yesterday".  Agreed?
> Joel
>>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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