Amy West medievalist at W-STS.COM
Fri Aug 1 14:07:26 UTC 2014

On 8/1/14, 12:00 AM, ADS-L automatic digest system wrote:
> Date:    Thu, 31 Jul 2014 22:01:48 -0500
> From:    paul johnson<paulzjoh at MTNHOME.COM>
> Subject: Re: "Growler"
> Sometime during the second world war I felt pretty proud and a sign of
> growing up when my grandfather sent me three blocks to the local tavern
> in Chicago to get him a beer.  A growler then was a squat bucket with a
> lid and a bail handle, maybe held a quart and a half of beer.  I was
> probably 6 or 7.  Later on I read that was called "Rushing the Growler"
Yep: there's a scene like that in Frank Norris's _McTeague_.
(Yep, that's what stuck in my little undergrad mind from that novel in 
my American Realism & Naturalism course. What a concept: Getting a 
bucket of beer!)

---Amy West

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

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