[Sca-cooks] New 'invention' of medieval food?

Craig Daniel teucer at pobox.com
Fri Aug 19 05:23:03 PDT 2011

On Fri, Aug 19, 2011 at 7:12 AM, Laura C. Minnick <lcm at jeffnet.org> wrote:
>> "The word "Vinegar"derives from the Latin "Vin Aicer" (two words and not
>> the
>> one), meaning "wine soured".
>> The old French language bought the word to the English in the form of "vin
>> aigre" eventually being Anglo saxonised to the word we know today
>> "vinegar".
>> Hence when a product is made with Ale- that in effect has become sour it
>> becomes "ale aigre" or once again Anglo saxonised it becomes "Ale-gar". "
> 'Anglo saxonized'. OMG! He's a linguist too! Coining new words right and
> left!
> The word is vinegar, idiot. Which in the 15th c was known to be made of
> wine, cider, or ale. No fancy new word needed. But you can't trademark
> 'vinegar'. ;-)

Actually, I have seen references to Middle English uses of the word
"alegar" (albeit only in secondary sources about brewing; haven't
chased down any references) - but I'm quite certain it was more
commonly referred to as a vinegar, even back then.

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