Why is a spit called a spit? I can't imagine it, but historically, was it spat on?

  • Only for flavor ;) – GdD Jul 4 '14 at 9:43
  • @GdD: I hope they ate mint before :) – Divi Jul 4 '14 at 9:50
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From http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rotisserie:

Rotisserie is a style of roasting where meat is skewered on a spit – a long solid rod used to hold food while it is being cooked over a fire in a fireplace or over a campfire, or roasted in an oven.

A spit is a long solid rod :) (as confirmed by http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/spit#Noun)

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