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A.Word.A.Day--grog

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This week's theme: fabric words used metaphorically.

grog (grog) noun

1. An alcoholic drink, especially rum diluted with water.

2. Any strong alcoholic drink.

[After Old Grog, nickname of Admiral Edward Vernon (1684-1757), who ordered diluted rum to be served to his sailors. The admiral earned the nickname from his habit of wearing a grogram cloak. Grogram is a coarse fabric of silk, wool, mohair, or a blend of them. The word grogram is from French gros grain (large grain or texture).]

See more usage examples of grog in Vocabulary.com's dictionary.

-Anu Garg (words at wordsmith.org)

"Knowing the value of terse composition and wordplay, Mr. Paisley scored a country hit a couple of years ago with 'Alcohol': A droll defense of grog from the drink's point of view ('I've been known to cause a few breakups/And I've been known to cause a few births.')" Movies, Performing Arts; The New York Times; Jul 27, 2007.

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No drug, not even alcohol, causes the fundamental ills of society. If we're looking for the source of our troubles, we shouldn't test people for drugs, we should test them for stupidity, ignorance, greed and love of power. -P.J. O'Rourke, writer (1947- )

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