_Bumper_ "a cup or a glass filled to overflowing with hard drink"

Joel S. Berson Berson at ATT.NET
Thu Apr 17 16:15:27 UTC 2014

Wilson, are you saying 1702 is an antedating?  The OED(2) Online has
a quotation from 1677 (the next is from 1774), in sense 1, " A cup or
glass of wine, etc., filled to the brim, esp. when drunk as a toast."

1677   T. D'Urfey Madam Fickle v. 52   Full Bumpers crown our Blisses.


At 4/17/2014 12:07 AM, Wilson Gray wrote:

>This was briefly mentioned, back in '08. Having nothing better to do, I've
>dated back a while:
>"Nay drain the brisk Bumper, we'll not bate you an ace."
>A Pacquet from Parnassus: Or, a Collection of Papers, ... ... - Page 1
>The drink, in this case, is ale/beer with lemon juice. There's a word for
>this concoction, but I'm blocking on it.
>_Shandy_! That's it.
>item #82885 (6 Jul 2008 17:34) - Barry, as forwarded by G,    supplies the
>cite:    "... we though[t] of their delicate healths in a _bumper_ [of
>their  gift of wine, I assume] ..."
>When I was in high school, one of the Jesuits habitually referred to
>  drinking beer as    "... having a few _bumpers_ of the amber goodness ..."
>    This is the only other time that I've come across "bumper" used in
>  connection with an alcoholic beverage.  FWIW, "swallows" also strikes me
>as a word that might be used in  punning on the drinking of akka-haul.
>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
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