Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue – Day 180

The Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue was first published at the end of the eighteenth century, and given that the current health crisis is giving too much time to read books, I thought I’d pick a daily word from it until I got bored….

Knock Me Down

There’s not much that I can add to this, but it’s a bit of social history recorded by Grose, being defined as “strong ale or beer, stingo”. I’ve had imperial stouts that should be called this….. A stingo is a strong ale, a word not really used much at all now, although Sam Smiths have a beer called stingo. The phrase was used in the middle of the eighteenth century and more commonly in the nineteenth century, before being mostly lost in the twentieth century. There is though one brewery, Zerodegrees in London, who still have a porter with this name.