Monday, March 21, 2005


I find it interesting that some of the terms we use in English language have so many different meanings.

Take the word "Buttload" - I can't find an exact definition anywhere, so assuming:

(1) Boatload
The amount of cargo that can be held by a boat or ship.

(2) Butt (Measured):

a) In 1825 when imperial measure was introduced, the gallon and the butt were redefined. Thus a butt of wine became 105 imperial gallons, or about 477.33 liters.

b) A beer butt is 108 ale gallons (= about 110 imperial gallons, or 3 Barrels of beer ).

so now, if someone tells you they drank a buttload of beer last night, you can say WOW you drank 110 gallons?!!

or, if someone says they did a buttload of work, you can reply snidely.. "yeah right you did NOT lose 916 pounds!!" (assuming 8.33 pounds/gallon of water)

Additionally, a firkin is about 1/4 of a barrel or 9 gallons... so if someone claims they did a firkin buttload of work or lost a firkin buttload of weight, this would be more a reasonable 75 pounds... WOW!!

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