Where did that come from? : Grog

Ever wondered where the word « Grog » comes from?

Well, for all of you who have a curious mind, or for those who love languages and the origins of words and expressions, here’s a brilliant book: The Etymologicon by Mark Forsyth (publisher – Icon).

The author takes you on a twisting & tortuous journey through the English language, with lots of funny asides.

Anyway, back to the Grog.

Apparently, a certain Admiral Vernon of the Royal Navy used to wear a thick coat made from a coarse material called grogram (from the French gros graine.) So his men nick-named him « Old Grog ».

Admiral Edward VernonBritish sailors used to have a daily allowance of rum. In 1740, Vernon ordered that the rum be watered down. This eventually became standard fro the whole navy and was called grog.

Of course, if you drank too much, it made you groggy.

Vernon also has other things named after him, but I’ll leave you to find that out for yourselves.

Meanwhile, you can get an idea of the style of the book if you visit:


Have a nice weekend!





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