Monday, 6 February 2012


Lucky devil
Robert Cawdrey's Table Alphabetical of 1604 has this entry:

Chambering, lightnes, and wanton behaviour in private places.

Cawdrey was a defrocked priest, but for non conformity rather than chambering. The OED has the word too, and mentions a Byzantine Emperor who "lived a chambering, idle life within his palace".

I'd like to do that.

1 comment:

  1. I have just bought and started to read your book. You're funny and informative and thought you might like to know that, if you didn't already.