Groggy (Origin)

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What Is the Origin of the Saying "Groggy"?

Meaning unwell the term groggy denotes a hangover from the alcoholic drink grog. The word grog comes from "Old Grog," which was the nickname sailors gave to Admiral Vernon, the commander in chief of the West Indies. Admiral Vernon was renowned for watering down his sailors' rum ration. This watered down rum become known as grog.



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