Word of the day

Quass – a thin, sour beer-like beverage made by pouring warm water on rye or barley meal and letting it ferment, common in Russia and Eastern Europe; to drink copiously or in excess; to quaff.

3 Responses to Word of the day

  1. Andrei says:

    Quass???? It is a slavic word квас ie kvas.

    Wikipedia has it as kvass

    Where did you find quass?

  2. homepaddock says:

    OED Online word of the day via email was the first source then I googled “define quass” and found several other references, some of which did say also kvass.

  3. Andrei says:

    Interesting – I don’t think I had ever seen this word written in latin letters before I saw your post and it didn’t seem right and still doesn’t – though as you say googling it will bring it up.

    I wonder how it ended up in some English dictionaries with the “QU”?

    And with a lot of googling I think I have the answer – The translation of Cyrillic to Latin letters has changed over the years, you should see the edit wars on wikipedia this can give rise too 🙂 (life’s to short to worry to get involved with that)

    Anyway it seems an Eighteenth century English clergyman, one William Tooke, who translated Russian Histories into English and lived for a while in St Petersburg wrote of it as “quas” in his reports.

    We used to drink it instead of soft drink, well it was our homemade soft drink I suppose when we were kids – in the days before soda streams…..

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