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#1 2005-12-29 01:22:49

From: California
Registered: 2005-10-25
Posts: 1665

"glue wine" for "gluehwein" or "glow wine"

“Gluehwein” is a spicy mulled red wine that’s associated with the Christmas holidays in Germany. The word appears in the OED (with an umlauted u instead of “ue”). Translated literally, “gluehwein” means “glow wine,” and the latter phrase is sometimes used as a calque in English. However, people often translate just the second half of the German compound, producing the delightfully infelicitous “glue wine.”

This reminds me a bit of the etymology of “cranberry,” which comes from the German “kranbeere” (or something very similar) meaning “crane-berry”; we anglophones Englished just the second element, leaving the first one utterly opaque. Examples:

The popular drink is called “Glue-wine”. It tastes more like glue, than wine. (PS-they don’t spell it that way.) … e%22&hl=en

I start off on December 23rd by drinking some spiked glue wine with some buddies.

Pears gratinated with chocolate sabayon and white glue wine ice … 070&p=0016

This year the Bazaar will, as always, feature wonderful food from many parts of the world, as well as wine and glue wine. You will also find great gifts and handicrafts for the holiday season. … content=12

Third Course: Young turkey dodine, roast jus, chestnut ravioli, jerusalem artichokes
or Venison loin poached in glue wine, roasted pear grand veneur sauce, wild apple shaving … t1130.html

Last edited by patschwieterman (2005-12-29 01:26:29)



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