Skip to comments.Ben Franklin made up 200 terms for being wasted
Posted on 01/16/2018 3:00:35 AM PST by beaversmom
Ben Franklin is often quoted as having said, Beer is proof God loves us and wants us to be happy.
But he was actually talking about wine.
In a 1779 letter to French artist Francois Morellet, Franklin began by stating, In vino veritas . . . Truth is in wine.
He then continued to wax lyrical: Behold the rain which descends from heaven upon our vineyards. There it enters the roots of the vines, to be changed into wine; a constant proof that God loves us, and loves to see us happy.
The new book, Stirring the Pot with Benjamin Franklin, by Rae Katherine Eighmey (Smithsonian Books), out Jan. 16, delves deep into Franklins love of food and drink. Eighmey says that Franklins fondness for boozing was closely tied to his enjoyment of socializing, as he had a substantial wine cellar and substantial orders of wine, because he was entertaining a lot.
He was a joyful host, she told The Post. He enjoyed the company of friends in taverns and [he had an] intellectual club that met in one. He saw the benefit of shared convivial punch bowls in conversation and in negotiations, but above all he was pragmatic and he cautioned repeatedly against overindulgence.
Indeed, in 1724, when Franklin was just 18, he worked at a printing house in London where his co-workers diets were mostly liquid.
The pressman at British printing houses thrived on a pint of beer before breakfast, a pint at breakfast with bread and cheese, a pint between breakfast and dinner, a pint in the afternoon at about 6 oclock and yet another when the days work was done, Eighmey writes.
Franklin, meanwhile, drank only water at work his colleagues called him a Water-American and was able to lift and carry twice as much type...
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Heres to alcohol: the cause of, and solution to, all of lifes problems. - Homer Simpson
Ping...I need to remember some of these
His head is full of bees. Heh, heh. Hence the term, buzzed.
My favorite: "He et a pudding bag" d;^)
Theres an excellent documentary called How Beer Saved Civilization. Its worth an hour of your time.
And we can note too, no insults about drunken sailors.
Those were different times!
Ben Franklin has to be the most all-around fascinating character in our early history.
“Hes been too free with the Creature”
In the days before water treatment it was often safer to drink beer rather than water.
The old school term from where I used to live in Southport, NC was "sweet as a peach". d;^)
Ahhh, Southport. Love that place.
Best 4th of July Festival in the galaxy.
‘Sweet as a Peach’ is a good one!
I like Mike Rowe very much; he’s one of the really common-sense people that we have impacting the general culture today :-)
Thanks colorado tanker. Still is, in a lot of places.
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