Word for Wednesday: Eggnog

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December’s Word for Wednesday theme is festive food and drink

So far we’ve looked at mulled wine and mince pies. The festive drink we have chosen to look at today is eggnog.

Traditionally served in North America during the Christmas season, eggnog is a punch made of an alcoholic liquor mixed with egg and sweetened milk or cream. Sometimes it is flavoured with spices such as cinnamon or nutmeg. Other historic names of this drink include ‘egg milk punch’ and ‘milk punch’.

Eggnog has been used in American English since around 1775. The word ‘egg’ dates to the mid-fourteenth century and comes from Old Norse. The word ‘nog’ dates to the 1690s and describes an ‘old, strong type of beer brewed in Norfolk’.

16 Dec 2020
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One of the students has put in a huge amount of effort in completing Spellzone at least 3 times a week since his arrival with us in January. Looking at his scores after the latest GL testing, his standardised score has risen from 99 to 131. This is a truly phenomenal result. I just wanted to share the best result I have ever seen.

Terrie Penrose-Toms, Casterton College