Friday 29 July 2011

Pot-Fury and Ale-Passion

I have very little to say today, except that pot-fury is the excitement brought on by inebriation and ale-passion is an old word meaning hangover. That's passion in its original sense of suffering, as in the passion of Christ. Ale-passion is mentioned in the 1593 Bacchus Bountie in the following context:

Fourthly, came wallowing in a German, borne in Mentz, his name was Gotfrey Grouthead; with him he brought a wallet full of woodcocks heads; the braines thereof, tempered with other sauce, is a passing preseruatiue against the ale-passion, or paine in the pate.

I'm now off to find a bunch of woodcocks.
Do you eat the beak as well?


  1. You eat the woodcock USING the beak, silly.

  2. Next time my work colleague is eating MacD burgers to assuage his ale-passion, I will suggest woodcock brains, and monitor the pace of consumption.

  3. The Antipodean, from the depths of the passion of the Chardonnay,30 July 2011 at 06:24

    Dogberry, praps a hangover label? Or at least a link to the hangover post.