WOW ~ Word of the Week ~ Snap Dragon

My family gets pretty ruthless at Christmas . . . about games. We are a competitive bunch that takes everything from Dominoes to Uno very seriously. Trivial Pursuit is almost a full-contact sport. I’m thinking about introducing a Regency era game into our holiday repertoire. Food, alcohol, fire, and darkness – what could possibly go wrong?

Snap Dragon

A Christmas gambol: raisins and almonds are put into a bowl of brandy, the candles are extinguished, the spirit is set on fire, and the company scrambles for the raisins.

Snap Dragon by Isaac Cruikshank, 1795, Lewis Walpole Library (image via Suzi Love).

Snap Dragon by Isaac Cruikshank, 1795, Lewis Walpole Library (image via Suzi Love).

 

This week’s definition taken from 1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue.

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2 thoughts on “WOW ~ Word of the Week ~ Snap Dragon

  1. I actually have heard of snap dragon but can’t recall where. It was probably on one of the British historical mystery series (like Poirot or Miss Marple) and it was probably used as part of the mystery :-D.

    Tam

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  2. I first read of the game in a Pride and Prejudice sequel and the author just made the game come to life as she built her scene. I could picture the melée reaching into a bowl of liquid fire could cause!

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