The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 17.0558 Wednesday, 14 June 2006
From: Randall Martin <
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).
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