Friday, 15 July 2016

July 14th The Carboy

We have got a bit of boil, boil, toil and trouble on the go in the house. Well definitely no trouble, and just a lot of noise that sounds like 'per-lop, per-lop' every now and then.

I have actually wondered why the glass receptacle is called a Carboy. Really? Carboy?  That word appears to have absolutely no direct co-relation to wine, beer or fermentation.

So, of course I went to the sauce. ie Mr and Mrs Google's amazing world of facts, figures and misinformation. And I found out the only possible explanation is that in Arabic, the vessel is referred to as a Qarabah, which is from Qarraba, which means big jug.  The Q,  when pronounced is as a hard K. Then somehow in the English translation Kar-bah became Carboy. Totally understandable and makes sense doesn't it? Not!  At least there are no sexist connotations to the translation.

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