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A WORD IN THE HAND: MOONSHINE

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A column to satisfy your inner grammar nerd

Deputy features editor: Sunday Times

A friend called yesterday to tell me her local supermarket was advertising combination packs of pineapples, sugar and yeast at bargain prices.

She thought this might be a retail response to the growing call for ingredients to make moonshine, but there could be other reasons for the special offer. A sudden rise in demand for pineapple sweet-and-sourdough bread, perhaps, or for some kind of fermented trifle?

The word “moonshine” was first used to describe illicit booze in the late 1700s, when smugglers and pirates would land purloined barrels on beaches under a full moon, presumably because this made it easier to avoid sharp rocks that might pierce the precious casks...

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