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Ben Franklin made up 200 terms for being wasted
The NY Post ^ | December 30, 2017 | Larry Getlen

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 Franklin’s love of food and drink. Eighmey says that Franklin’s 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 o’clock and yet another when the day’s 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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TOPICS: Books/Literature; Food; History
KEYWORDS: benjaminfranklin; godsgravesglyphs; oenology; zymurgy
The 200 terms are at link...
1 posted on 01/16/2018 3:00:36 AM PST by beaversmom
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To: beaversmom

“Here’s to alcohol: the cause of, and solution to, all of life’s problems.” - Homer Simpson


2 posted on 01/16/2018 4:00:52 AM PST by mowowie
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To: mowowie

Ping...I need to remember some of these


3 posted on 01/16/2018 4:10:59 AM PST by irish guard
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To: beaversmom

His head is full of bees. Heh, heh. Hence the term, buzzed.


4 posted on 01/16/2018 4:16:12 AM PST by Texas Eagle (If it wasn't for double-standards, Liberals would have no standards at all -- Texas Eagle)
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To: beaversmom
Mike Rowe touched on this in his series of "How Booze Built America". Excellent 3 part series!

My favorite: "He et a pudding bag" d;^)

5 posted on 01/16/2018 4:28:02 AM PST by CopperTop (Outside the wire it's just us chickens. Dig?)
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To: beaversmom
I can see it now,, BF getting his Swerve on, outside in the rain, with a kite, a mug of ale, a cigar, . .
lol
6 posted on 01/16/2018 5:40:48 AM PST by ▀udda▀udd (>> M A G A << "What the hell kind of country is this if I can only hate a man if he's white?")
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To: CopperTop

There’s an excellent documentary called “How Beer Saved Civilization”. It’s worth an hour of your time.

L


7 posted on 01/16/2018 5:43:19 AM PST by Lurker (President Trump isn't our last chance. President Trump is THEIR last chance.)
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To: StayAt HomeMother; Ernest_at_the_Beach; pax_et_bonum; decimon; 1010RD; 21twelve; 24Karet; ...
Thanks beaversmom.

8 posted on 01/16/2018 7:35:04 AM PST by SunkenCiv (www.tapatalk.com/groups/godsgravesglyphs/, forum.darwincentral.org, www.gopbriefingroom.com)
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To: beaversmom
Nice list, I notice only a few of those are still used.
One that's not there is: "three sheets to the wind", but we do see:

  1. "He's right before the Wind with all his Studding Sails out."

  2. "He carries too much Sail."

  3. "He’s got his Top Gallant Sails out."

  4. "Lost his Rudder"

And we can note too, no insults about drunken sailors.
Those were different times!

9 posted on 01/16/2018 10:29:45 AM PST by BroJoeK (a little historical perspective...)
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To: beaversmom

Ben Franklin has to be the most all-around fascinating character in our early history.


10 posted on 01/16/2018 12:47:55 PM PST by Jamestown1630 ("A Republic, if you can keep it.")
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To: CopperTop

My favorite:

“He’s been too free with the Creature”


11 posted on 01/16/2018 1:25:39 PM PST by Jamestown1630 ("A Republic, if you can keep it.")
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To: SunkenCiv

In the days before water treatment it was often safer to drink beer rather than water.


12 posted on 01/16/2018 1:28:13 PM PST by colorado tanker
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To: Jamestown1630
Mike Rowe and Ben Franklin prolly would have enjoyed each other's company.

The old school term from where I used to live in Southport, NC was "sweet as a peach". d;^)

13 posted on 01/16/2018 4:46:48 PM PST by CopperTop (Outside the wire it's just us chickens. Dig?)
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To: CopperTop

Ahhh, Southport. Love that place.

Best 4th of July Festival in the galaxy.


14 posted on 01/16/2018 4:49:56 PM PST by nesnah (Liberals - the petulant children of politics)
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To: CopperTop

‘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 :-)


15 posted on 01/16/2018 5:19:06 PM PST by Jamestown1630 ("A Republic, if you can keep it.")
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To: nesnah
It was swell. But the swelling's gone down.
Now residing in "Hog Town". (Better BBQ) d;^)
16 posted on 01/16/2018 5:20:38 PM PST by CopperTop (Outside the wire it's just us chickens. Dig?)
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To: nesnah
It was swell. But the swelling's gone down.
Now residing in "Hog Town". (Better BBQ) d;^)
17 posted on 01/16/2018 5:20:39 PM PST by CopperTop (Outside the wire it's just us chickens. Dig?)
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To: colorado tanker
Thanks colorado tanker. Still is, in a lot of places.

18 posted on 01/17/2018 11:14:56 AM PST by SunkenCiv (www.tapatalk.com/groups/godsgravesglyphs/, forum.darwincentral.org, www.gopbriefingroom.com)
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