Where did the term "proof" come from?

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  1. reel big bassist

    reel big bassist

    Mar 27, 2000
    Hello fellow talkbassers,
    Come this wednsday I will be 21 years old. I'm really excited. Now I have a question for you guys and gals. Where did the term "proof" originate from? Why don't we just say 40% alcohol instead of 80 proof. I think saying 40% alcohol is clearer. Thanks guys and gals, this has been puzzling me for the longest time.
    -Greg P
  2. JMX

    JMX Vorsprung durch Technik

    Sep 4, 2000
    Cologne, Germany
    taken from:

  3. reel big bassist

    reel big bassist

    Mar 27, 2000
    Thanks JMX for clearing that up. I always wondered what the origin of "proof" was.
  4. I always thought it was what you said when you took a good hard slug of something that read, "Best if not drunk near open flame" on the label.


    Rock on
  5. I want my absinthe ****it! 78% proof... :eek:
  6. 78 proof? Paah! 80 proof or bust :D
  7. DanGouge


    May 25, 2000
    Ron Brugal 151 proof, that's where it's at!
  8. ATLPUNK246


    Jun 26, 2001
    no... everclear- 190 proof is where it's at
  9. If it doesn't make your short and curlies stand straight out it ain't a good drink.

    I love that quote.:D

    Rock on
  10. Have you got proof of that? har har :rolleyes:

    We dont use that term here. its just 20% etc...


  11. Have you actually TRIED that?

    Ill stick to 2 shots of vodka to one of everclear.
  12. ATLPUNK246


    Jun 26, 2001
    Yes I have. Its actually good. It tastes like vodka when mixed with somthing, but straight is no good