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Where did the term Wet your whistle come from?

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A common misconception is that the phrase comes from pub drinkers having a whistle baked into the rim or handle of their mugs, and that people blew on this whistle to get service from the barman. Unfortunately, as convenient as it sounds, this isn't the case.

The word "whistle" has been used to describe the throat or mouth for hundreds of years, with the complete phrase appearing in literature at least as far back as the late 14th century.

So, to "wet your whistle" means nothing more than to wet your mouth or throat with a drink.

Just remember: whistling at the barman for a refill is an easy way to get thrown out of a pub.
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