I saw this posted out on Facebook by a friend. And I laughed out loud.
The phrases “buttload” and “butt full of” and various others quickly ran through my mind.
“I like big butts and I cannot lie”
Am I the only one laughing? Apparently not.
The imperial system is a funny thing. Like, really funny. So funny that there is actually a unit of measurement for wine (or whiskey) casks called a “butt.” That means if you fill the barrel up, you technically have a buttload of wine—though you’d probably just call it a full butt. Are you laughing yet?
So, “if you fill the barrel up, you technically have a buttload of wine”?
I was kind of thinking if you *emptied* the barrel you’d have a buttload of wine. But maybe I don’t understand Imperial Measurements and such.
This makes the second time in as many days as I’ve heard the phrase “Imperial System”.
The last time I heard it was probably in fourth grade.
Yesterday, there was a writer in one of the writer support groups I joined who was agonizing over whether to use Metric measurements since the story was international … or Imperial measurements and pander to the US audience.
And I thought it odd that there were only four countries … in the world … that still used the Imperial System of Measurement.
Liberia. Burma. The UK. (Of course. It *is* Imperial after all)
And us. The good old USA.
So what would constitute a butt load you ask? Well, according to the Macallan distillery in Scotland …
… a butt is 108 Imperial gallons*. It is also half a tun which is 216 gallons.
A third of a tun, 72 gallons, is a puncheon, and a third of that is a tierce.
Half of a butt, 54 gallons, is called a hogshead.
A boring old barrel is just 36 gallons, and a LOL-worthy kilderkin is 18 gallons.
The smallest unit is nine gallons, and it’s call a firkin, because of course it is. You can also call it a rundlet.
A Butt is half a Tun … but not half a Ton … which is more like what my butt looks like.
And half a butt is called a Hogshead. But a person with half a butt would not be called a Hog, right?
A kilderkin at 18 gallons is LOL-worthy … but killing your kin is not.
Then having a Barrel of fun would only be one-fourth as much fun as a Butt load?
And what’s this in the fine print about a Pipe? Pipes have been known to produce a Butt load of … lots of things.
The article does actually say “Butt actually comes from “botte,” a Medieval French and Italian word for boot.”
But how funny is that?
For today, I guess I’ll just start on my journey toward fun.
Maybe, if I try real hard, eventually a butt load.