[Ads-l] Subject: "gauding", 1799 -- a remarkable survival
george.thompson at NYU.EDU
Fri Dec 9 11:42:15 EST 2016
I first saw this in a printing that was quite hard to read. I wanted to
make it "gadding", but that didn't look possible. The ad appeared a number
of times, and I had to check 3 or 4 before I found one clear enough to be
unmistakeable. I will send the image that caused my first posting to be
rejected to anyone, upon request.
On Thu, Dec 8, 2016 at 8:15 PM, George Thompson <george.thompson at nyu.edu>
> [I tried sending this with an image of the newspaper advertisement as an
> attachment, but it was rejected.]
> Wanted to purchase,
> A NEGRO Woman, without Children, to do the work of a small family, where
> their washing is put out: a sober, steady, cleanly, and good natured Woman;
> a tolerable good cook, and one not inclined to gauding. One of such a
> description will find a good place by applying at no. 161 Pearl-street,
> where a fair trial will be expected before the price is paid. F One
> from the Country would be preferred.
> New-York Gazette and General Advertiser (New York, New York) May
> 1, 1799, p. 3, col. 2
> gaud, *v.2*
> *Etymology: *? < Old French *gaudir* to rejoice, jest; or perhaps < gaud
> *n.2* <http://ezproxy.library.nyu.edu:3578/view/Entry/77099#eid3272308>
> *intr.* To make merry; to sport, jest; to scoff (*at*).
> 1532 T. More *Confut. Tyndale* in *Wks.* 366/2 And yf [the battle]
> walke on your syde then [you] gawde and glory.
> 1563 *2nd Tome Homelyes* Cert. Places Holy Script. i, in J. Griffiths *Two
> Bks. Homilies* (1859) ii. 373 More reasonable it were for vain man to
> learn and reverence the form of God's words, than to gaud at them to his
> 1566 W. Painter *Palace of Pleasure* I. xxxii. f. 64, In carpinge
> gaudinge and iestinge at yonge gentlemen, and specially olde men.
> 1570 P. Levens *Manipulus Vocabulorum* sig. Dii/2, To Gaude scoffe, *scommari,
> 1579 T. North tr. Plutarch *Liues* 562 He was sporting and gauding
> with his familiars.
> George A. Thompson
> The Guy Who Still Looks Stuff Up in Books.
> Author of A Documentary History of "The African Theatre", Northwestern
> Univ. Pr., 1998.
> But when aroused at the Trump of Doom / Ye shall start, bold kings, from
> your lowly tomb. . . .
> L. H. Sigourney, "Burial of Mazeen", Poems. Boston, 1827, p. 112
George A. Thompson
The Guy Who Still Looks Stuff Up in Books.
Author of A Documentary History of "The African Theatre", Northwestern
Univ. Pr., 1998.
But when aroused at the Trump of Doom / Ye shall start, bold kings, from
your lowly tomb. . . .
L. H. Sigourney, "Burial of Mazeen", Poems. Boston, 1827, p. 112
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