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Brown George


Old name for "The blackest and coarsest Bread". Not thought to be directly related to the bread-based Brown George Pudding

Known at least since Randle Holme's 'The academy of armory; or, A storehouse of armory and blazon' of 1688, and in Laurence Echard's translation of Plautus's comedies (1694); "This Monarch here must dine to Day with a Brown George, and only Salt & Vinegar Sawce." (OED)

Sir Thomas Urquhart's translation of Rabelais has; "Why at night both my gentlemen had kibed heels, a tetter in the chin, a churchyard cough in the lungs, a catarrh in the throat, a swingeing boil at the rump, and the devil of one musty crust of a brown george the poor dogs had to scour their grinders with."

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