US News The phrase "drinking a barrel" has military roots?

22:05  16 april  2021
22:05  16 april  2021 Source:   europe1.fr

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Dans l'émission d'Europe 1 © Pixabay in the emission of Europe 1 "Historically yours", Stéphane Bern looks at the roots of an expression of everyday life. On Friday, he is interested in the origins of "drinking a barrel", an expression that originally refers to a unit of measure for wine.

Stéphane Bern offers every day, in historically yours with Matthieu Christmas, to discover these expressions that one uses on a daily basis without necessarily knowing their origin. Friday, the facilitator explains the roots of the phrase "drink a barrel", which originally refers to a unit to measure the wine. The expression will settle durably in popular language from the 19th century.

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It often happens to hear some give an appointment to friends to "drink a barrel". An expression whose meaning is very similar to "drink a shot". But did you know that this expression originated from the 16th century? At this time, it was a real unit of measure for the wine which corresponded to a sixteenth of pint, or 6 centiliters. The glasses at the time had this accurate capacity. Today, they have a capacity closer to 9 or 20 centilitres, according to who you are invited.

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Today, in Ireland, they say "drink a jatte". In the United States, the expression used is "to Knock One Back", which means: "we stick one." In France, we can also say "throwing one behind the tie", we have or not. In the Romanians, the expression is: "Bea a Ciocan", which means "drinking a hammer".

Similarities with the military world

Finally, we can note similarities with the gunshot. The cannon shot evokes the noise of the glasses that clash at the time of trinquer. Then, one drank a trait, dry ass. Note when you say "dry ass" because, when one rests the glass, there is no liquid in it. The container is found ass. Come on, finish with a pretty sentence of Daniel Pennac: "A drunkard, it tells anything, especially the truth."

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