Wednesday, 20 March 2013

Noggin

Did you know a noggin was a unit of alcohol? I didn't. Apparently it's 1/4 pint.

I've only ever used the word to mean 'head'. My dictionary doesn't mention that use at all so I'm wondering if anyone else uses it or it's just one of those weird words my family use.

If I was to drink 1/4 pint of the stuff I've got in that glass I'd have a very sore noggin the following morning. (That almost hardly ever happens.)


42 comments:

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Never knew that's what a noggin meant either. And that much would put me to sleep.

Linda King said...

I knew a noggin was something to do with drink - I seem to have heard of a noggin of rum! Isn't your head your noddle? Or is that your brain?!

Anonymous said...

One of my Mum and Dad's favorite sayings, usually to me when I was younger was 'use yer noggin why don't you.' Never heard it as a measure. Thanks for the links.

Wendy's Writing said...

My children's favourite book when they were young was called Noggin the Nog!

lonestarsky said...

Yup, always thought noggin meant head. And I remember Noggin the Nog aswell! I'm sure he was a Viking or something *heads off to google him*

Suzanne Furness said...

Nope nothing in me noggin! Thats how I know this word too.

Old Kitty said...

Enjoy your noggin of what ales you! LOL!

Take care
x

Linda G. said...

Wow, learn something new every day ... never knew that about noggin.

Patsy said...

Me too, Alex - I'm a complete lightweight really.

Patsy said...

I've heard noddle used for head too, Linda.

Patsy said...

I'm sure you followed their advice!

Patsy said...

I've heard of it but not read it, Wendy.

Patsy said...

I've just Googled him too. He seems rather nice.

Patsy said...

Your noggin's so full that if you had more in there it'd be coming out your ears, Suzanne.

Patsy said...

He he!

Patsy said...

It's probably a British thing, Linda.

Editors At Work said...

Never heard that 'noggin' was alcohol. We do learn something everyday!

Nas

Patsy said...

We do indeed (and then some of us drink alcohol and forget again!)

logicus.tracticus said...

Shame on you patsy, little quote for you at the end. fancy not knowing what "noggin" was a small vessel/measure of drink sailors drank..16th/17th century
think it linked with oggin, sailors taking a small cup...
""My father comes from a Portsmouth, England navy family. He uses oggin (relatively often), as in to throw something in the oggin - a deep hole, or the sea."
how about "wopsies" another nice old word for wasps... adders were nadders once

Robert Crompton said...

I guess those of us who were into the folk revival of the sixties would know what a noggin is - there was a song, Good Luck to the Barley Mow, which sang or drank good luck to all the various drinks measures from the barrel down to the "Pint pot, the half pint pot, the noggin, the nipperkin and the brown bowl." Try singing that when you've had a skinful!

Btw, does Noggin the Nog come into this somewhere?

Rachel Schieffelbein said...

There's a children's channel my kids watch called Noggin. Clearly they were thinking of the head, too. I think. . .

Vikki (www.the-view-outside.com) said...

Wow, I thought it referred to the head too, but then I also remember being called "a noggin" by my grandfather when I was small lol

Xx

Patsy said...

Oh! I never thought of connecting it with oggin, Logi. Sailors have been responsible for adding quite a few words to our vocabulary - not all of them rude!

Patsy said...

Maybe Noggin the Nog's creator was fond of liquid inspiration, Rob?

Patsy said...

I hope they were, Rachel!

Patsy said...

Maybe you drove him to drink, Vikki? (I'm sure you didn't really but couldn't resist that)

lizy-expat-writer said...

Yes - I know a noggin is a drink, though I wasn't aware it referred to a specific amount. 1/4 of a pint is only a glass and a half, Patsy - or one glass over here - your noggin must be even weaker than mine!

Patsy said...

If it was wine I could manage a glass and a half, Lizzy although I'd know I'd drunk it.

Rosemary Gemmell said...

I kind of knew it was a measurement but not the exact amount! Great word.

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Patsy .. I'd have said it was a drink measure ... didn't know the head variation ... well I've lived and learnt ... cheers - please let warmer weather come along .. !!?? Hilary

Hayley N. Jones said...

I knew! Mainly because the train I used to go to 6th form college passed a pub called The Nog Inn. I do love a pun :-)

Lynda R Young said...

Ha! I use noggin for head as well and had no idea it was a measurement for alcohol.

JJ Cocker said...

Go on, Patsy... Put your feet up and have a few noggins.

**CHINK**, **CHINK**

Cheers, hic!

Teresa Ashby said...

I thought noggin was head, but I think I'd heard it used for a drink as well. My memory's not good, but I do remember Noggin the Nog and that my dad used to call the sea the oggin! :-) x

Patsy said...

It is a good word, Rosemary.

Patsy said...

I do hope so, Hilary.

Patsy said...

I enjoy puns too, Hayley.

Patsy said...

Probaly not something many of us actually needed to know, Lynda.

Patsy said...

Well if you insist, JJ.

Patsy said...

Oggin for sea is a navy term mainly, Teresa. Not many other people seem to use it.

Deborah Walker said...

I think I know noggin as head. I've never heard anyone say it. I love regional words, they bring so much flavour to stories.

Patsy said...

They do indeed, Deborah.