Demijohn
Posted: 13 January 2018 02:22 AM   [ Ignore ]
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In translating some French recipes for home brewing and flavoured wines, I was charmed to learn that a demijohn in French is a dame-jeanne. The OED entry states firmly that the English word is a rationalisation of the French one, for which they discuss and dismiss a suggested derivation from a Middle Eastern city called Damghan, and conclude that the vessel was simply named after some historical or fictional ‘Dame Joan’, cf bellarmine. However, that entry is from the 1890s and I wondered if there is any more up to date information?

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Posted: 13 January 2018 05:02 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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Here is a slightly different definition:

https://www.etymonline.com/word/demijohn

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