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Aug 11, 2016
This week’s theme
Contranyms

This week’s words
dabster
salad days
depthless
grog
sententious

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grog

PRONUNCIATION:
(grog)

MEANING:
noun:
1. An alcoholic drink diluted with water.
2. A strong alcoholic drink.

ETYMOLOGY:
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). Earliest documented use: 1770.

USAGE:
“There were discarded flasks of water and that stinking brown grog.”
Raymond Dodds; Family Holiday; Xlibris; 2015.

“One of my favorite parts about cruising with the Mouse is the ship’s lack of tolerance for overindulgence in the grog. I don’t believe drunks have any business being around children. Neither does Disney.”
Robert Kirby; This Kraken Has Finally Washed Ashore; The Salt Lake Tribune (Utah); May 21, 2016.

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

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
Courage without conscience is a wild beast. -Robert Green Ingersoll, lawyer and orator (11 Aug 1833-1899)

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