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Brother(s) of the Bung

Brother(s) of the Bung

(BRUH-thur(z) uhv thuh BUNGH)


-A brewer.

-One who makes beer.

From bunghole - a "hole in a cask through which is it filled, closed by a stopper," 1570s, from bung (n.) mid-15c., "large stopper for a cask," of uncertain origin, perhaps from Middle Dutch bonge "stopper;" or perhaps from French bonde "bung, bunghole" (15c.), which may be of Germanic origin (or the Germanic words may be borrowed from Romanic), or it may be from Gaulish *bunda (compare Old Irish bonn, Gaelic bonn, Welsh bon "base, sole of the foot"). It is possible that either or both of these sources is ultimately from Latin puncta in the sense of "hole" (from PIE root *peuk- "to prick"). Transferred to the cask-mouth itself - 1570s.

Used in a sentence:

“Since the popularity of home brewing has boomed, my fellow brothers of the bung are beyond counting.”

(I came across this in The Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue, by Francis Grose. 1811)

It's Always Quaff-Tide SomewhereT-Shirt - the perfect attire in which to slake one's thirst for beer!


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