Jigger

Image

Everyone who learns that the little double-sided cone used to measure a shot is called a jigger has a reaction of disbelief. Is this a bad joke? But no, alas, common terminology has all bar tenders of America measuring hard liquor for our cocktails in jiggers. The most likely etymology of this term points to the word chigger, a common parasite. Since the jigger is the smallest measurement of liquid commonly found in a kitchen, just 1.5 ounces, it shares its name with the tiny mite. Jigger is also used to describe the smallest mast on sailing ships, known as the jiggermast. So it seems that chigger, started meaning things that are small, like the mite, and changed to the word jigger.

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

Blog at WordPress.com.

%d bloggers like this: