hist-brewing: mugwort etymology

Kirsty Pollock kirsty.pollock at mpuk.com
Thu Dec 23 08:12:12 PST 1999


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> -----Original Message-----
> From: owner-hist-brewing at rt.com [mailto:owner-hist-brewing at rt.com]On
> Behalf Of Jeff Renner
> Sent: 23 December 1999 13:59
> To: hist-brewing at pbm.com
> Subject: Re: hist-brewing: mugwort etymology
> 
> 
>  Kirsty Pollock <kirsty.pollock at mpuk.com> wrote about my post on the
> etymology of mugwort, in which I looked at the "mug":
> >great stuff, but I was assuming the connection was the 
> 'wort' part (if
> >there is indeed any).
> 
> Ah, no, the wort just means plant in this case, although its 
> use as in beer
> wort derives from the same root ultimately, via wuertz, 
> spice.  From OED
> (hopefully I'll better replace the umlauts and other 
> non-ASCII characters
> so they aren't rendered weird)"
> 
> "wort
> 
> "wort wt, sb.1 Forms: 1 wyrt, 2 wirte, 6 pl. wirtes; 2 wert, 
> 4 pl. wertes;
> 1, 3, 5-7 wurt (5 pl. wurten), 3 wrt, 3-7 worte (5 wourte), 
> 4- wort (5 pl.
> worttus, 6 woort). [OE. wyrt root, plant = OS. wurt, OHG. 
> (MHG. and G.)
> wurz, ONor. (Icel., Norw., Sw., Da.) urt, Goth. waurts; the 
> stem is related
> to those of ONor. rot root sb., and of L. radix, Gr. riza. 
> For the history
> of the spelling and pronunciation, see the note to worm sb. ]
> 
> "1.  A plant, herb, or vegetable, used for food or medicine; 
> often = pot-herb.
> 
> "Not in ordinary use after the middle of the 17th cent. and 
> now arch. As a
> second element, however, retained in various plant-names, as colewort,
> liverwort. "
> 
> And, in regards to brewing:
> 
> "wort
> 
> "wort wt, sb.2 Forms: 1 wyrt, 5 wirt; 4- wort, 4-7 worte (5 wortte), 4
> wourt, 5 wurt(e, 5-7 woort (6 woorte). [OE. wyrt = OS. wurtja 
> spicery, MHG.
> and G. wuerze, spice, brewer's wort), f. the stem wurt-; cf. 
> wyrt wort sb.1
> ]
> 
> "1.  The infusion of malt or other grain which after 
> fermentation becomes
> beer (or may be used for the distillation of spirits), 
> unfermented beer. Of
> beer: (to be) in wort, still unfermented. (See also sweetwort.)"
> 
> Jeff
> 
> 
> 
> 
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