Sunday, 23 June 2013

He should have a long spoon who sups with the devil

1386 CHAUCER Therefore bilhoueth hire a full long spoon that shall eat with a feend. 1539 TAVENER He  neede to haue a longe spoone that shal ete with thee deuyl. 1592-3 SHAKESPEARE Comedy of Errors Marry, he must have a long spoon that must eat with the devil 1611-2 Tempest This is the devil and no monster. I will leave him : and I have no long spoon. 1641 FERGUSSON He should have a long shafted spoon that sups kail with the devil.