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Paddy Plastique Whiskey Jars, Guinness Pails - Irish Idioms? (79* d) RE: Whiskey Jars, Guinness Pails - Irish Idioms? 30 Aug 01

Here in France, they have a crime against inebriated humanity called a 'galopin'. This is a beer served in a pastis glass - which is half the size of their 'demi' - itself actually a quarter of a litre. Irish logic has been used in the dishing out of their nicknames, I suspect. The 'galopin' is therefore less than a quarter of an Irish or British pint !!! A nation with a longstanding beer drinking tradition then, obviously (reminding me of another of their crimes - Kronenbourg). While last home in Ireland, there was a Guinness strike threatening and while at a certain singing club that will remain unnamed, consuming dozens of galopins, I heard an anecdote about the previous Guinness strike in the 70s - still scarring the psyches. One Guinness drinker, forced onto Murphys by the scarcity of G, insisted in referring to the Cork stuff as 'The Black Death'

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