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Origin of the Word ‘Booze’

January 8, 2013 0

Alcohol is known by many names but one of our favorites is the iconic term ‘Booze’. It rolls of the tongue, fun to say, and sounds like something a drunk would say. But where did word ‘booze’ come from? Some mistakenly believe that it was adapted from 19th century distiller named E.C Booz. However the word is reported to be much older in the English language. In truth, the word is believed to be adapted from one of these three words:

Bausen (Old High German):  Meaning to ‘bulge’ or ‘billow’

Búsen (Dutch): A cousin of Bausen meaning  “to drink excessively” or to “get drunk”

Buise (Old Dutch): This one translates to ‘drinking vessel’

Experts believe that the origin of the English word ‘Bouse’, which later became ‘booze’, began as an adaptation of one of these three words. Though, most experts attribute the word ‘Búsen’ as the true origin. 

Via MentalFloss.com

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