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  • It was upbraided to Demosthenes by an envious surly knave, that his Orations did smell like the sarpler or wrapper of a foul and filthy oil-vessel.

    Five books of the lives, heroic deeds and sayings of Gargantua and his son Pantagruel

  • Item, sir, your wool is awarded by the sarpler that I cast out last, etc. Item, sir, this same day your mastership is elected and appointed here by the

    Medieval People

  • 'Sir, I cannot have your wool yet awarded, for I have do cast out a sarpler, the which is [ap] pointed by the lieutenant to be casten out toward the sort by, as the ordinance now is made that the lieutenant shall [ap] point the [a] warding sarplers of every man's wool, the which sarpler that I have casten out is No. 24, and therein is found by

    Medieval People

  • William Smith, packer, a 60 middle fleeces and it is a very gruff wool; and so I have caused William Smith privily to cast out another sarpler

    Medieval People

  • Orations did smell like the sarpler or wrapper of a foul and filthy oil-vessel.

    Gargantua and Pantagruel, Illustrated, Book 1

  • No. 8, and packed up the wool of the first sarpler in the sarpler of No. 8, for this last sarpler is fair wool enough, and therefore I must understand how many be of that sort and the number of the [m], for they must be packed again '(12 Sept.,

    Medieval People

  • Staple ordained that foreign buyers must take one sarpler of old wool with every three of new; and although the Flemings grumbled and wanted to take one of old to five of new, they had to put up with the regulation. [

    Medieval People

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  • 80 tods to a sarpler, eh. Worth knowing.

    May 2, 2009

  • Thanks, madmouth--added to my "Measurements" list. :-)

    Here's the precise definition I found: a bale of wool weighing 2240 lb. (1016 kg) or 80 tods.

    May 2, 2009

  • a large coarse bag, also a Scotch unit of measurement.

    It was upbraided to Demosthenes...that his Orations did smell like the sarpler or wrapper of a foul and filthy oil-vessel

    -Urquhart via Rabelais

    madmouth's variant: "your MOM smells like the sarpler of a foul and filthy oil-vessel"

    April 28, 2009