Oreilles

Sir W. Scott (Waverley, x.) speaks of vinum primce notce thus: “Ccst des deux oreilles,” that is, it is strong and induces sleep. It makes one “Dormir sur les deux oreilles.” Littré, however, says, “Though wine d'une oreille is excellent, that of deux oreilles is execrable.”

“Vin d'une oreille, le bon vin; vin de deux oreilles le mauvais. On appelle, ainsi le bon vin, parce que le bon vin fait pencher la tête de celui qui le goute d'un côte seulement: et le mauvais vin, parce qu'on secoue la tête, et par consequent le deux oreilles.”

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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