Saturday, March 25, 2006

dehydrated water

whY aRe wines described as 'dry' - when CLEARLY they aRe not in fact dry - but verymuchso wet. ! ! !


Chaka said...

"Dry" in relation to alcohol is an interesting word with contradictory meanings. On the one hand, in comparing the alchohol content in various bevarages, the contrast is between alcohol (non-wet) and water (wet), so a more alcoholic and less watery wine is drier.

On the other hand, historically in the U.S., "drink" (presumably a metonymy for "strong drink") was regarded as wet, in contrast to non-wet avoidance of "drink." Thus a county that allows no sale of alcohol is "dry."

Linus said...

i could not be more confused.