December 15, 2018
roast (verb)
\ROHST\ Hear it!
What does it mean?
1 : to cook with dry heat (as in an oven)2 : to be or make very hot
How do you use it?
Mom decided to try roasting chestnuts for the holidays, but she didn't know she needed to pierce them first, and they exploded all over the inside of the oven!
Are you a word wiz?

There's more to the word "roast" than cooking and heat. The verb has another entirely different meaning. Which of the following do you think it is?

We won't criticize you no matter what answer you chose, but the other meaning of "roast" is "to criticize severely in either a serious or joking way," as in "a movie roasted by the critics" or "a beloved actor hilariously roasted by his friends". This meaning is relatively new, but only relatively: it's been used since the 1700s—for about 300 years—while the original meaning having to do with cooking has been used since the 1200s, or for about 800 years.
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