Art is the lie that enables us to realize the truth. Pablo Picasso
Cocktail comes from coquetier meaning egg cup. Cocktails were invented in New Orleans where Antoine Peychaud, a pharmacist, first mixed bitters (that later took his name) and brandy and served them in egg cups. And now you know.
Pigs can be slang for policeman in America, but I think you’ll be surprised to know how long this phrase has existed.
The Brits were the first to call their police pigs way back in 1811 or earlier. The meaning as simple as pigs has been for a long time a way to describe a person you don’t like.
Early Americans preferred their eggnog with rum, reveling that bargain shoppers existed long before Walmart. Rum was much cheaper than other alcohol during colonial days because of the Triangle Trade with the Caribbean (wine and other alcohol from across the Pacific was heavily taxed).
Eggnog is a drink consisting of egg yolk, cream or milk and sugar. Add whiskey, rum or another liquor if you like. It’s name comes from the combination of egg (duh) and nog meaning a strong type of beer in the language of our English language forefathers. A noggin back then was a wooden cup that nog was drunk from (bonus material). Eggnog in French is lait de poule or hen’s milk.
Go forth and be merry now.
Though it usually takes a backseat to the more broadly popular cornbread, or the iconic grits, johnny cake still holds some sway in the world of simple corn-based dishes. Yet nobody can agree on what to call this cornmeal flatbread, or on where such a playful name came from.
I believe that if life gives you lemons, you should make lemonade… And try to find somebody whose life has given them vodka, and have a party.
A sugar plum has nothing to do with actual plums. They are called plums because they might be roughly the shape and size of one. A sugar plum consists of layers of sugar hardened around a center of seeds, nuts or spices. In fact, the sugar coated almonds known as Jordan almonds could be considered sugar plums. Traditionally, sugar plums were made in a very tedious and time consuming way. One batch might take days to layer all of that sugar. This meant that they were a candy only for the rich, assuring their legacy as a ‘real treat’.
Sugar plum came to mean many things in the English language. If your mouth is full of sugar plums it means that you speak sweet but perhaps false words. To stuff another’s mouth with sugar plums is to bribe them. Plum became British slang for one-hundred pounds. Someone who was rich could also be called a plum.
Of course, now with machines that do everything, candies that would have once been considered sugar plums are very affordable. Yet, the phrase still lives on meaning something delectable and desirable.
Is a ten-gallon hat called so because it is so big that it can hold ten gallons of water? Nope! Ten gallon actually comes from Spanish and means having a braid. A ten-gallon hat originally meant a hat that had a braid around it, but because of the association English speakers make with the liquid measurement, people now think of it as a really big cowboy hat.
Papa, potatoes, poultry, prunes and prism, are all very good words for the lips.
Alas, my friends, you will not find scotch in butterscotch. Scotch the drink has a completely different etymological root than the scotch in butterscotch. Scotch the drink gets its name from Scotland and is their version of whiskey. Scotch from butterscotch means to score or to mark and comes from the practice of marking the butterscotch to break it apart into bite sized candies later.