One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A large bowl or jug used for serving drinks such as tea or punch.
earthenware container, glass container, pot, crock, urn, pitcher, jug, flask, decanter, carafe, flagon, ewer, drum, canisterView synonyms
- ‘Sitting in what was once a Corsetry Fitting Room, after several jorums, I began to see History with an infinitely greater clarity.’
- ‘It seems ‘a jorum is a chamberpot, in this case used as a mug in drinking healths and toasts.’’
- ‘Wyk is measured in jorums.’
- ‘Most of these already hefty meals were ‘washed down’ with jorums of ultra-sweet beverages, notably indigenous preparations of robust viscosity like snowball, or punches made from peanut butter, barbadine, soursop and seamoss.’
Early 18th century: perhaps from Joram (2 Sam. 8:10), who ‘brought with him vessels of silver, and vessels of gold’ to King David.
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