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Roast or Roost?
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 17.0558  Wednesday, 14 June 2006

From: 		Randall Martin <
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Date: 		Tuesday, 13 Jun 2006 08:52:16 -0300
Subject: 17.0553 Roast or Roost?
Comment: 	Re: SHK 17.0553 Roast or Roost?

Last night I happened to come across a reference further confirming that 
'rule the ro[a]st' was the common early modern expression.  The 
anonymous author of A True Description of the Pot-Companion Poet (1642) 
ends his satirical pamphlet with an additional portrait, 'A Character Of 
the Swil-Bole Cooke'.  'The Kitchen is [the Cook's] Hell', he says, and 
in it 'he domineers and rules the Rost' (A3v).

Randall Martin

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