Wednesday, 19 September 2007

Grog


Today I learnt the origin of the word grog (once again through a.word.a.day), and it surprised me.

It is from Old Grog, nickname of Admiral Edward Vernon (1684-1757), who ordered diluted rum to be served to his sailors. The admiral earned the nickname from his habit of wearing a grogram cloak. Grogram is a coarse fabric of silk, wool, mohair, or a blend of them. The word grogram is from French gros grain (large grain or texture).

Never would I have imagined this, so I thought I'd share it with you.

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