Sunday, April 01, 2007

Ginger Beers, Queers and Rears

Spent some of the afternoon at AuntyC's dunking ginger nut bikkies into milky ginger tea, then came home to sample some of NattieMyFlattie's most excellent alcoholic ginger brew. Little did I know that:

'In Cockney rhyming slang, ginger is a derogatory euphemism for homosexual. The original slang rhymed queer with ginger beer'. Or for the information of our pony pals, 'Before the First World War, it was common for mounted regiments to receive large vats of root ginger before public ceremonies, which were peeled and cut into suppositories for the horses. The burning sensation made the horses hold their tails up this is called Figging or feaguing' (Wiki).

Gasp! Does this mean
a) there is more than we imagined to Whoretic's childhood aspiration to be Ginger from Gilligan's Island? and/or
b) Ginger Meggs didn't really get his nickname from the colour of his hair but rather his anal exploits?



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