John Barleycorn love

John Barleycorn

Definitions

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  • proper n. a personification of alcoholic drink, particularly beer and whisky.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. a humorous personification of barley as the source of malt liquor or whisky.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. See barleycorn.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. an alcoholic beverage that is distilled rather than fermented

Etymologies

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John (commonly used to personify a concept) + barleycorn; barley is used to produce malt the source of most British alcoholic drink.

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  • There were three men came out of the west, their fortunes for to try

    And these three men made a solemn vow

    John Barleycorn must die

    They've ploughed, they've sown, they've harrowed him in

    Threw clods upon his head

    And these three men made a solemn vow

    John Barleycorn was dead

    They've let him lie for a very long time, 'til the rains from heaven did fall

    And little Sir John sprung up his head and so amazed them all

    They've let him stand 'til Midsummer's Day 'til he looked both pale and wan

    And little Sir John's grown a long long beard and so become a man

    They've hired men with their scythes so sharp to cut him off at the knee

    They've rolled him and tied him by the waist serving him most barbarously

    They've hired men with their sharp pitchforks who've pricked him to the heart

    And the loader he has served him worse than that

    For he's bound him to the cart

    They've wheeled him around and around a field 'til they came unto a barn

    And there they made a solemn oath on poor John Barleycorn

    They've hired men with their crabtree sticks to cut him skin from bone

    And the miller he has served him worse than that

    For he's ground him between two stones

    And little Sir John and the nut brown bowl and his brandy in the glass

    And little Sir John and the nut brown bowl proved the strongest man at last

    The huntsman he can't hunt the fox nor so loudly to blow his horn

    And the tinker he can't mend kettle or pots without a little barleycorn

    --(Traditional)

    April 18, 2011