Middle English win, from Old English wīn; akin to Old High German wīn wine; both ultimately from Latin vinum wine, perhaps of non-IE origin; akin to the source of Greek oinos wine First Known Use: before 12th century
You're telling me that hundreds of years ago, folks would invest all of that time tending to grapes, harvesting crops, and stomping on vats full of slimy rotting fruit - and the end result of all of their trouble was ...wine? Isn't a word like wine more of a whimper? A hiccup? A burp?
Origin of PURGATORY Middle English, from Anglo-French or Medieval Latin; Anglo-French purgatorie, from Medieval Latin purgatorium, from Late Latin, neuter of purgatorius purging, from Latin purgare
"Wine." Are you serious? That's it?
What if we had to come up with a name for wine today? I mean, these days we've got fancy names for drinks like "Redbull" and "Venti Mocha Frappuccino." I don't think "wine" would even make the cut. Even the World Meteorological Organization could come up with a better name for wine than "wine." These guys have already dreamed up names for this year's crop of Atlantic Tropical Storms. Names like like "Humberto," "Lorenzo," and "Jerry."
Host: What can I get you?
Heather: I'll have a glass of jerry, please.
Host: Red or white?
Heather: Red, I suppose. A nice full-bodied red jerry. Everyone on my Facebook page is telling me to stick with a nice red jerry. That is, of course, if you think he'll fit in my glass.
You know, if we were to go back to the original source, back to where it really all started, I should really be looking into Merriam-Webster's definition for grapes. Where did the word "grapes" come from in the first place...?
Middle English, from Anglo-French grape grape stalk, bunch of grapes, grape, of Germanic origin; akin to Old High German krāpfo hook