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Concept of the month December 2009: GROGGY

December is a great month to have a cold. It’s even better drinking grog every day. Pour boiling water over fresh lemon or lime juice, stir it with a tablespoon covered in honey, add a splash of gin and enjoy. Once in your mouth, it sparks off a raging battle between sweet and sour that makes your head spin. It leaves you languid and drowsy at the same time. There’s a word for that: groggy.

Although ‘groggy’ is an English word, it is used just as frequently in Spanish and Dutch. Football players hit on the head hard by another head or a ball, usually end up “a bit groggy.” The doctor asks them what the score is. If the answer is correct, play on.

Groggy. It has a playful sound, because being groggy isn’t that bad. You know what caused it and it passes quickly. Love can also make you groggy. True love’s kiss leaves you dizzy as if you’ve just tossed down ten grogs. All sweet and sour you glide off, like the cormorant looking for a smooth landing.

A cormorant in the park
A cormorant in the park
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