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#75806 - 07/11/02 11:49 AM Re: Surprise VI
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Lampoon Sir Walter Scott says, “These personal and scandalous libels, carried to excess in the reign of
Charles II., acquired the name of lampoons from the burden sung to them: Lampone, lampone, camerada
lampone'- Guzzler, guzzler, my fellow guzzler.” (French, lamper, to guzzle.) Sir Walter obtained his
information from Trevoux.



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#75807 - 07/11/02 11:58 AM Re: Surprise VI
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Land-lubber An awkward or inexpert sailor on board ship. (Lubber, the Welsh llob, a dunce.)


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#75808 - 07/11/02 12:00 PM Re: Surprise VI
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Land of Nod (The). To go to the land of Nod is to go to bed. There are many similar puns and more in
French than in English. Of course, the reference is to Gen. iv. 16, “Cain went ... and dwelt in the land of
Nod;” but where the land of Nod is or was nobody knows. In fact, “Nod” means a vagrant or vagabond,
and when Cain was driven out he lived “a vagrant life,” with no fixed abode, till he built his “city.” (See
Needham .)



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#75809 - 07/11/02 12:04 PM Re: Surprise VI
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Langue d'Oc The Provencal branch of the Gallo-Romaic idiom; so called from their oc (yes).

Langue d'Oil Walloon or Germanised Gallo-Romaic; so called from their pronouncing our yes as oil
(o.e) These Gauls lived north of the Loire; the Provencals dwelt south of that river.



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#75810 - 07/11/02 12:11 PM Re: Surprise VI
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Larboard now called port (q.v.). (Starboard is from Anglo-Saxon steorabord, the steer-board, or right
side of a ship.) Larboard is the French bâbord, the left-hand side of a ship looking towards the prow;
Anglo-Saxon boec-bord


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#75811 - 07/11/02 01:16 PM Re: Surprise VI
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strong beer made
(in March) for keeping.


Why would you keep beer? I merely rent mine.







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#75812 - 07/11/02 01:48 PM brewing notes
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Ah, chemeng, you really know the answer.. (oops, maybe not, its as much biology as chemistry.)

there are two basic yeast used to make beer, one like colder tempertures, one warmer.. German beer uses the cold yeast, and beer can not be brewed till it get cold enough (late september..and 4 to 6 weeks later, the first new beer is available, and you have an OctoberFest... in late spring, (say March) beer is made for keeping.. (higher alcohol content) since it starts getting too warm to brew..
that "strong beer" has to last till October.. (only it never does, and there is a dry spell in early fall..)

with modern refridgeration, beer can be brewed year round..

do we have any home brewers on the board? its small hobby here, but my understanding is it is more popular in UK. they might know the names of the different yeasts.

(in US, each household can brew up to 50 gallons of wine or beer for home use with no taxes added. over 50 gallons is considered commercial production and is taxed-- but it is always illegal to distill.. )

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#75813 - 07/11/02 01:50 PM Re: Surprise VI
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Dear chemeng1992: Many alcoholic beverages have flavour improve with age, if stored
properly. And with the beer it was desirable to have some surplus stored, possibly because
seasonal temperature changes had undesirable effects. My ignorance of beer making is
total. I wonder how well things like hops could have been stored in the old days.


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#75814 - 07/11/02 02:02 PM Re: Surprise VI
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Lars The overking of the ancient Etruscans, like the Welsh “pendragon.” A satrap, or under-king, was a lucumo. Thus the
king of Prussia is the German lars, and the king of Bavaria is a lucumo.

There be thirty chosen prophets,
The wisest of the land,
Who always by Lars Porsena
, Both morn and evening stand.”
Macaulay: Lays of Ancient Rome,
(Horatius, ix.)

So the "Lars" in Lars Porsena is his title, not his first name.


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#75815 - 07/11/02 02:55 PM Re: Surprise VI
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Larvae Mischievous spectres. The larva or ghost of Caligula was often seen (according to Suetonius) in his palace.

I never heard this word used this way before. Since it must be older than our use of the word to mean
very immature form of an organism, that use seems poorly chosen.


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