Anyhow, what is the mysterious “nog?”
Well, the answer is debated. Eggnog probably dates back to the Elizabethan era. Over time, in England and America, there have been many incarnations of the drink, using alcohols like rum, brandy, whiskey, and bourbon. And it’s been flavored with everything from molasses to dried pumpkin.
Similar drinks have been called posset and egg flip.
One theory is that “nog” derives from the word “noggin,” which was a Middle English word for a type of mug that alcohol was served in.
Another theory claims that the name derived from a Colonial term for rum: egg-and-grog. This term was shortened to egg’n’grog, and then eventually eggnog.
What’s the moral here? Even the simplest pleasures can sometimes contain a mystery. Consider, if you will, the rich and surprising history of the X in “Xmas.”
very apt and festive info. BOTTOMS UP!!
In our house, Christmas isn’t Christmas until the eggnog hits the table! I have heard of the egg’n'grog story, but not the noggin one.
I just asked about this the other day! Thanks, Hot Word! I still think it’s gross, though.
hey i am a muslim like this i dont alchol like this i can do it without alchol i drink beral but not whisky,brandy,or @ny thing with alchol $$$$$$$$%%%%%%%%(muslim are the best)christian=zero but not all like cole sprouse debby ann rayan sterling knight selena gomes but selena and debby are not this much
The female of the house doesn’t like this paticular drink…it just happens to be my favorite drink, no matter what time of year it is.
It’s nice to know how eggnog became “eggnog”. It’s also just a shame that this delicious drink is only served during the Christmas/New Year’s holidays instead of all year round. Guess that’s what makes it so special. Good Stuff!!! HAPPY HOLIDAYS TO ONE AND ALL!!
when the WORD OF THE DAY is a verb, why is there no indication whether it is a transitive verb, intransitive verb, or both?
@ Hickock: Perhaps you should phrase that in the form of a suggestion instead of a complaint. There is no need to be adversarial or whiny. I swear it seems that our culture thrives on complaining.
@ Jfroml: Sad but true.
I’m glad I checked here, but I’m still confused about something.
My local WAWA convenience store is advertising that their eggnog is “Made with genuine Nog”
The X in XMas is for 2 reasons – 1) if you don’t celebrate Christmas, all religion is taken out of it thus it’s “Xed” out, and 2) the X is also a cross as that’s also what Jesus Christ was crucified on and so it’s a shorthand way of writing Christ (why they didn’t say T-Mas I’m not sure, maybe because XMas rolls off the tongue a little easier).
Hey try this combo,,, tequilla, orange juice and eggnogg!!! mix any way you want its the bomb!!!!!!!