Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue – Day Forty-Four

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

Brewes or Browes

The dictionary defines this as “the fat scum from the pot in which salted beef is boiled”, which sounds quite delicious…. The word likely comes from the French ‘breu’ meaning broth, which is also where the word brewis comes from, which is bread soaked in broth or a stew.

On the subject of fat scum, here’s a recipe for cabbage soup from the 1930s…..