Grog is rough liquor, but in today's language it means any liquor. Although it is no longer a popular beverage, it was at one time the chief drink of British sailors. In fact, grog was issued daily to both crew and officers and became a general name for hard liquor. The name of the beverage that sailors drank did not come from a distillery but from a nickname they bestowed on their chief officer.
   Edward Vernon (1684-1757) was commander-in-chief in the West Indies with the naval title of admiral. He was tough, irascible, and a stickler for the rules of discipline. He became concerned by the lack of sobriety of his men and accordingly established a rule that the daily portion of alcoholic beverage be diluted with water. This watered-down substitute made him unpopular with his crew, as one might readily imagine. The sailors dubbed the beverage grog after the admiral's nickname, which was "Old Grog." He received that moniker because he habitually wore a grogram coat, which is made of a coarse silk fabric. Anyone who has drunk too much of any intoxicant is likely to be unsteady on his feet. He is disoriented—groggy. And so is a prizefighter who appears wobbly. He's said to be punch-drunk, but not because he has drunk too much punch or grog. Even a person as sober as a judge, if dazed or giddy, feels groggy.

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  • Grog — [grɔk], der; s, s: heißes Getränk aus Rum, Zucker und Wasser: einen Grog bestellen. * * * Grọg 〈m. 6〉 Getränk aus Rum od. Weinbrand, heißem Wasser u. Zucker [engl., nach dem Spitznamen Old Grog (wegen seines Rockes aus Kamelhaar, engl. grogram)… …   Universal-Lexikon

  • Grog — Sm ein Getränk aus Rum, Zucker und heißem Wasser erw. fach. (18. Jh.) Entlehnung. Entlehnt aus ne. grog, das auf ein wind. Wort grog für eine Mischung aus Rum und Wasser zurückgeht (bezeugt seit 1770). Schon früh ist dann eine Herkunftslegende… …   Etymologisches Wörterbuch der deutschen sprache

  • grog — grog; grog·gery; grog·gi·ly; grog·gi·ness; grog·gy; grog·ram; …   English syllables

  • Grog — (gr[o^]g), n. [So named from Old Grog a nickname given to Admiral Vernon, in allusion to his wearing a grogram cloak in foul weather. He is said to have been the first to dilute the rum of the sailors (about 1745).] A mixture of spirit and water… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • grog — /ɡrɔɡ, ingl. ɡrɑɡ/ [dall ammiraglio E. Vernon soprannominato (Old Grog «Vecchio Grog», perché vestito di grog(ram) «grò»), che aveva distribuito ai marinai del rum annacquato] s. m. inv. ponce …   Sinonimi e Contrari. Terza edizione

  • Grog — Grog: Die Bezeichnung des heißen Getränks aus Rum, Zucker und Wasser wurde im 18. Jh. aus engl. grog entlehnt, dessen Herkunft nicht sicher geklärt ist. Bereits in Deutungen des 18. Jh.s wird das Wort mit dem englischen Admiral Vernon in… …   Das Herkunftswörterbuch

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