A Shakespearean stage-diretion:

Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Thu Jun 28 19:17:03 UTC 2012

"FALSTAFF. [To SILENCE, who _drinks a bumper_.]"

When I was in high school, one of the Jesuit priests, an
English-teacher, used the catchphrase, "_drink a bumper_ of the amber
goodness," for "drink a mug of beer."

Until a few seconds ago, I was under the impression that _drink a
bumper_, as he was using it, was just something that he'd personally
made up.


Not only that, but I also missed a pun. Though, as everybody knows,
the various brews made by the famous, Saint Louis brewery,
Anheuser-Busch, are the world's best-selling, well into the '70's, the
best-selling beer in Saint Louis "itself* was _Falstaff_, a brand of
beer made by another local brewery, Griesedieck ['griz@,dIk] (somehow,
this surname was never the source of any puns, locally, even though
_dick_ and _cock_ have their usual Southern-English meanings in The
Lou) Brothers..

All say, "How hard it is that we have to die!"---a strange complaint
to come from the mouths of people who have had to live.
-Mark Twain

The American Dialect Society - http://www.americandialect.org

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