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What's a B&S?

Asked by jdb (104points) December 6th, 2007

P.G. Wodehouse’s Bertie Wooster sometimes drinks something he calls a B&S. Any idea what this is?

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jdb's avatar

Great link, sferik, and I’m tempted to say you’re correct, but according to the Webtender Wiki, one of the earliest references to the drink was in 1930. Wodehouse had Wooster dropping lines about the B&S as early as 1919.

sferik's avatar

Maybe the wiki needs an update?

gailcalled's avatar

Brandy and Soda for Bertie?

bob's avatar

Hmm. I’m tempted to believe Gail.

If you want to know for sure, you should email someone who studies Wodehouse. If your book has an introduction, find the email address of the author of the introduction. If it’s a university professor, he/she will probably be happy to answer your question.

jdb's avatar

Great suggestion, bob.

It turns out Gail was right, and if I’d read more [closely], I’d know it from the text! Here’s a snippet of dialog from The Inimitable Jeeves:

“I say, Jeeves,” I said.
“Mix me a stiffish brandy and soda.”
“Yes, sir.”
“Stiffish, Jeeves. Not too much soda, but splash the brandy about a bit.”

More on that here (thanks to the unimpeachable Esquire Magazine).

Thank you, Gail!

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