May162014

Drinks of the Past! Victorian Euphemisms Around Libations (Behind the Magic)

It’s Friday, my dear Gentle Reader and among some that means booze. For others that means going truly crazy: Thai food and an dumb action movie with two charming gentlemen. OK, there may also be some booze involved. (And I might let it all hang out and have an extra cup of tea this afternoon. What can I say, I’m a risk taker.)

“While at table, if the proprietor or any other gentleman asks you to take wine with him, politely refuse.”
~ The Ladies’ Guide to True Politeness and Perfect Manners or, Miss Leslie’s Behaviour Book
by Eliza Leslie (American 1864)

1811 Euphemisms Around Libations

  • He died of the barrel fever ~ He killed himself by drinking.
  • To stand bitch ~ To make tea, or do the honours of the tea-table, performing a female part.
  • Shoot the cat, Catting, or To cast up one’s accounts ~ to vomit.
  • Chirping merry ~ Exhilarated with liquor.
  • Corned or Cup-shot or Foxed ~ Drunk.
  • Wibble ~ Bad drink.

~ 1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue 
 
“It is not customary, in America, for a lady to empty her glass,—or indeed, at a hotel, or boarding-house, to take wine with the same gentleman after the first day.”
~ The Ladies’ Guide to True Politeness and Perfect Manners or, Miss Leslie’s Behaviour Book
by Eliza Leslie (American 1864)

1811 Bartender, I’d Like to Order A…

  • Huckle my buff ~ Beer, egg, and brandy, made hot.
  • Calibogus ~ Rum and spruce beer, American beverage.
  • Bragget ~ Mead and ale sweetened with honey.
  • British champagne ~ Porter.
  • Lamb’s wool ~ Apples roasted and put into strong ale.
  • Parell ~ Whites of eggs, bay salt, milk, and pump water, beat together, and poured into a vessel of wine to prevent its fretting.
  • Pharaoh ~ Strong malt liquor.
  • Scandal broth or Slop or Cat lap ~ Tea.
  • Slipslop ~ Medicinally taken tea.
  • Cow juice ~ Milk.
  • Toddy ~ Originally the juice of the cocoa tree, and afterwards rum, water, sugar, and nutmeg.

~ 1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue 

 “On no consideration let any lady be persuaded to take two glasses of champagne. It is more than the head of an American female can bear.”
~ The Ladies’ Guide to True Politeness and Perfect Manners or, Miss Leslie’s Behaviour Book
by Eliza Leslie (American 1864)

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~ The Ladies’ Guide to True Politeness and Perfect Manners or, Miss Leslie’s Behaviour Book
by Eliza Leslie (American 1864)

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Waistcoats & Weaponry ~ The Finishing School Book the Third. November 4, 2014. Cover art to come.
Manners & Mutiny ~ The Finishing School Book the Last. Finished rough draft, cutting and trimming begins in July.
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“Rice is born in water and must die in wine.”
~ Italian Proverb

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