Etymology Day, Part 11

photo via milkteeth

Punch.

Summer parties, birthday celebrations, it all equals punch season! Where does the word punch come from though? I mean, the definitions of that term vary wildly!

My ta-ta (grandpa) used to make a ponce that to this day my dad still talks about. Reading this post from Lesley’s Mija Chronicles really captures the essence of a wonderful punch that brings people together.

From my encyclopedia-ing, I have found that “punch” probably comes from the Hindi panch, meaning five, “in allusion to the number of original ingredients (spirits, water, lemon juice, sugar, spice).”

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