Thursday, May 30, 2013

Words, words, words: Dead as a doornail

Your Will hath been progenitor or master of many words and phrases that ye moderns use to this very day. The phrase "Dead as a doornail" I didst first use in mine playe of 2 Henry IV, when Jack Cade doth proclaim: "Look on me well: I have eat no meat these five days; yet, come thou and thy five men, and if I do not leave you all as dead as a doornail, I pray God I may never eat grass more..."

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