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May 28, 2020

"Rut-time" refers to an animal's annual period of sexual activity. To "piss one's tallow" meant that the animal loses fat during rut-time. So Falstaff is hoping to have sex and lose weight at the same time.

May 28, 2020

The London Stone is a stone relic probably from the Roman era of England. It is one of the oldest relics in London.

May 28, 2020

At the time, this term would have referred to wine that is yellow or red in color. Around 1600 the term came to mean just red wine.

May 28, 2020

The pissing conduit, also called the little conduit, was a fountain next to Paul's Churchyard in London. It was about 580 meters (633 yards) from where Jack was standing on the London Stone.

May 8, 2020

Some sources, such as the Merriam-Webster dictionary, define "martext" as a blundering or incompetent preacher. However, the Oxford English Dictionary has no definition for the word at all. It may be that Shakespeare named the character to imply incompetence, it may be that the character created the word, or it may be that there is no relationship at all.
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