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Happy Birthday, 3catsjackson!

For your present, here's today's Forgotten English!

cheeping-merry
Half-drunk; "elevated."
--Joseph Wright's English Dialect Dictionary, 1896-1905


Feast Day of St. Armand,
a seventh-century patron of wine merchants. An anonymous book, The Perfect Gentleman, or Etiquette and Eloquence (1860), offered this exposé of Victorian-era wine: "Pure port wine is undoubtedly one of the most healthy of all vinous liquors. It strengthens the muscular system, assists the digestive powers, accelerates the circulation, exhilarates the spirits, and sharpens the mental energies. But alas! Such a thing as pure port wine is never found in this country. It can never be found here without an admixture of brandy, as otherwise it would not keep. A great deal of cheap French wine is sold here for port. ... Doctors little imagine what they are doing when they recommend their patients to drink port wine. There are very few of the most vigorous constitutions that can stand the assaults of the poisonous compound which is generally sold for port wine in this country. When real port wine loses its astringency and acquires a slightly acid taste it is unwholesome and is unfit for use except by a person who is anxious to get the gout."

Y'know, I don't think I want my circulation accelerated, now that you mention it.

-The Gneech

Comments

jamesbarrett
Feb. 6th, 2007 06:09 pm (UTC)
I tried Port Wine once, at Olive Garden. For a wine, it wasn't bad, actually. -Frisk

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