Punch Drunk

I’m not referring to love.  It’s National Punch Day!  I’m also not referring to giving someone the old “what for,” but if you choose to go in that direction that’s your prerogative (see paragraph 4).  I am referring to the party drink that’s in a punch bowl, ingredients unknown, sometimes revolving and occasionally spiked.

Punch has a long tradition as does the punch bowl, which used to be considered a family heirloom.  Punch dates back to 17th century India and trade ships.  The word, punch, is borrowed from the Hindi word panch meaning five, for the five base ingredients – alcohol, sugar, lemon, water, and tea or spices.  The fruit and spices varied depending on where ships were docked.  Since you were a pirate yesterday, it only seems right to drink the drink of pirates today.  Celebrate with punch, punch, and more punch.  Drink well and…



IN THAT DIRECTION…  Sometimes people just deserve the old what for and it’s your job to give it to them.  That doesn’t mean they don’t have the right to press charges, so take it there in a back alley with a mask over your face (not that I’m condoning violence or telling you how to get away with it).  The punch dates back to the beginning of time, beginning with Cain and Able, although Adam may have thought about it after getting kicked out of the garden. The word punch is borrowed from the Hindi word panch meaning five, just like the five fingers used to make a fist.  Should you choose to celebrate today crossing folks off your “punch them in the face list” I suggest you don’t, at least not without a written waiver.


Today’s References: Bible Gateway, History

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