English Learning for Curious Minds

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Summary

300 years ago, London experienced a gin craze of epic scale, with the average Londoner drinking 10 times the amount of gin that the world's biggest gin drinking country does now.

Today, it's time to learn about how gin almost destroyed London.

Full transcript, key vocabulary, and bonus episodes available on www.leonardoenglish.com

Show Notes

300 years ago, London experienced a gin craze of epic scale, with the average Londoner drinking 10 times the amount of gin that the world's biggest gin drinking country does now.

Today, it's time to learn about how gin almost destroyed London.

We'll learn about:

  • 👀 Why 'gin' is called 'gin'
  • ⚡ The perfect storm that made caused the gin boom
  • 🍸 The gin shops
  • 🌡 The ingredients of the 'gin'
  • "Drunk for a penny; dead drunk for two pennies; clean straw for nothing.”
  • 💊 Gin craze = crack cocaine epidemic?
  • 👶 Poor Mary Defour
  • ⚖ The Gin Act of 1751
  • 📈 Gin today & the resurgence of gin

Key vocabulary: Epidemic, Epic, Bear in mind, Customary, Sophisticated, Phenomenon, Spirit, Juniper, Variant, Liquor, Brandy, Fate, Imported, Patriotic, Domestic, Reliance, Unlicensed, Boom, Legislation, Disposable income, Perfect storm, Establishments, Sipping, Emerge, Fiendishly, Sulphuric acid, Turpentine, Impotent, Sterile, Exceeded, Vast, Pass out, Monotonous, Drawn parallels, Impurities, Hopelessly, Wake-up call, Passed, Consumption, Resurgence, Craze, Stronghold

Full transcript and key vocabulary available on the website www.leonardoenglish.com/podcasts/londons-gin-craze

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