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  • IX Regiment
    Did I miss the important message? What is the receipe, and if it wasn t Napoleonic maybe we have to re- write history, well you can t let the facts get in the
    Message 1 of 2 , Mar 23, 1999
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      Did I miss the important message?

      What is the receipe, and if it wasn't Napoleonic maybe we have to re-
      write history, well you can't let the facts get in the way can you now,

      Cheers

      P**

      >Dave Legebow of the 41st suggested to me that the derivation of "pongolo" might
      >be "pongo + l'eau".
      >"L'eau" is French for water.
      >Chambers Dictionary gives some of the following meanings for "pongo" & "pong":
      >Pong: 1) to gag; 2) to smell bad
      >Pongo: 1) an anthropoid ape 2) a soldier... 3) an Englishman (Australian
      >slang).
      >It is easy to see a development: a monkey = a soldier; to an Australian convict,
      >a soldier = an englishman...
      >
      >Pongolo: 1) gag water
      > 2) smelly water
      > 3) soldier's water
      >All of these meanings seem somehow... appropriate; given that pongolo is
      >definitely an alcoholic brew, & as common soldiers by Victorian times at the
      >latest drank it, it must have been cheap & nasty!
      Yes, but gad sirr what was it!
      >Anyone know if "pongolo" was current in the Napoleonic Wars? It was current by
      >the Crimean War, if the 1960's movie "The Charge of the Light Brigade" can be
      >regarded as reliable.
      Who's asking?

      P**
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