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.)


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

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

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    2. 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

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    3. 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!

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  2. 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?!

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

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  3. 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.

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

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

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  5. 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*

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

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

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

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  7. Enjoy your noggin of what ales you! LOL!

    Take care
    x

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

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

    Nas

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

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  10. 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?

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

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

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  12. 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

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

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  13. 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!

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

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

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  15. 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

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  16. 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 :-)

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

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

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

    **CHINK**, **CHINK**

    Cheers, hic!

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  19. 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

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

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  20. 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.

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