Vinegar & Jack & Jill
Posted by Patricia Bingham on September 04, 1998 at 23:58:21:
In response to Vinegar, written by Caroline on September 01, 1998 at 16:59:05
I momentarily forgot that Vinegar was a food and so could research it that way. But I am awake now! I found this in The Diner's Dictionary by John Ayto:
'...Vinegar has traditionally had other uses than culinary ones, of course: cleaning, disinfecting, reviving, refreshing, to name the main ones. When Jack fell down and broke his crown, vinegar and brown paper was the prescribed treatment for the head wound; and in Barnaby Rudge (1841) Dickens recorded how Mrs. Varden's vapours were appeased with 'much dampening of foreheads, and vinegaring of temples, and hartshoring of noses, and so forth'
Can anyone date Jack & Jill off hand?
Posting followups to old messages is disabled; instead go to the main index and post a new message which mentions this one.