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Sep 19, 2007This week's theme
Fabric words used metaphorically
This week's words
A.Word.A.Daywith Anu Garg
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).
"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.')"
See more usage examples of grog in Vocabulary.com's dictionary.
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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