Origins of the Expression "To Drink to the Pin"

Publications By English Historical Society:

4 Ipse clavos argénteos tel áureos jusserit rosis affici co geret Hence the phrase to drink to the pin The custom of drinking to the pin is however supposed to have been introduced into England by the Danes who fixed a pin inside of the wassail bowl and to drink exactly to the pin was a feat only to be acquired by long practice Malmesbury elsewhere observes that it was King Eadgar who to restrain excessive drink


GESTA REGUM ANGLORUM ATQUE HISTORIA NOVELLA AD FIDEM CODICUM MANUSCRIPTORUM RECENSUIT THOMAS DUFFUS HARDY VOLUMEN I WILLELMI MALMESBIRIENSIS MONACHI



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