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Re: Mushroom
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 10.0219  Tuesday, 9 February 1999.

[1]     From:   Nick Moschovakis <
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        Date:   Monday, 8 Feb 1999 09:19:37 -0600
        Subj:   Re: SHK 10.0203 Mushroom

[2]     From:   Fran Teague <
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        Date:   Monday, 8 Feb 1999 14:20:57 -0500 (EST)
        Subj:   Re: SHK 10.0203 Mushroom


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From:           Nick Moschovakis <
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Date:           Monday, 8 Feb 1999 09:19:37 -0600
Subject: 10.0203 Mushroom
Comment:        Re: SHK 10.0203 Mushroom

Marlowe, *Edward II*, I.iv.284: Mortimer Junior claims that the people
"cannot brook a night-grown mushroom" such as Piers Gaveston.

Nick Moschovakis

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Date:           Monday, 8 Feb 1999 14:20:57 -0500 (EST)
Subject: 10.0203 Mushroom
Comment:        Re: SHK 10.0203 Mushroom

No doubt others will offer this information, but checking the OED 2nd, I
find that the meaning of "mushroom" Dave Evett asks for is the second
given s.v. "mushroom" with several 16th and 17th c examples, viz.: 2a. A
person or family that has suddenly sprung into notice; an upstart. Also
applied to a city, an institution, etc., that is of sudden growth.

    A. 1593 Marlowe Edw. II (1598) C 1 b, A night growne mushrump, Such
a one as my Lord of Cornewall is

       1622 Interpreter A 3 b, He may not..seeme to shrinke, withdraw,
giue way, whilst other mushrumpes doe the state betray.

       1651 Howell Venice 204 Which Commonwealths may be sayed to have
bin but Mushrumps in point of duration.
 

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