What beverage was named for Edward
Vernon, the English admiral who served his crew diluted rum?
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The word grog first appears around 1770 and is supposedly an
allusion to Old Grog, the nickname of
Edward Vernon (1684-1757), a British admiral who regularly wore a grogram cloak
and who in 1740 ordered his sailors' rum to be diluted - to improve discipline.
This rapidly became the standard way
of serving the naval rum ration until the ration was abolished in
Note that: When the War of
Jenkin's Ear against the Spanish broke out in 1739, Vernon captured their base
at Porto Bello, Panama with only six ships.
Thomas Arne composed Rule Britannia as a tribute to
Vernon: warrior and temperance advocate
I always heard that grog was named due to the
sailors of old being given fruit juice to prevent scurvy. As one might imagine,
the juice became fermented thus making the sailors 'groggy', hence the name.
I'm always interested in hearing origins. Thank you for your site. By the way,
I found it simply by typing the word 'moot' into a search engine.
hppartridge at &carolina.rr.com
In response to firstname.lastname@example.org,
the term "limey" was the nickname given to the British sailors who first
recognized the correlation between vitamin-C rich citrus and scurvy. The
adjective "groggy" came from "grog."
blackthornba at yahoo.com
Someone (Barbara Tuchman maybe?) did a book on that war. I guess
I'll have to read it again; that was such an eventful period. I was directed to
MooT by googling odiferous (which is the spelling used by Arianna in her
jwood33 at comcast
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