by Heather

Vest-Pocket Vocabulary

Tap’lush, n. poor beer.

Word in the Wild: You should really try refocillating with a finer beer—I wouldn’t water my plants with that taplush.

Just today I had a conversation with a co-worker about how we’re both beer snobs: I am pretty particular about what I’ll drink, while she’s so particular she won’t deign to drink any beer at all! Though I haven’t found a reference to this word anywhere else, the etymology seems pretty straightforward: tap (the thing beer flows from) + lush (which in the 18th and 19th centuries referred to beer or liquor of any kind). Cheers!

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Heather September 3, 2009 at 9:16 pm

Mmm… I have tried Grasshopper. And for some reason I still find it pleasing that I first tried it at a restaurant called The Grasshopper. I also like a Steam Whistle or Waterloo Dark from time to time, but stouts usually trump every other beer on the menu for me.

Stephanie September 3, 2009 at 8:41 pm

Have you ever tried Grasshopper beer? It’s very light and very summery. I like it for patios.

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