Contracted from the Gaelic ooshk-'a-pai
(water of health). Usquebaugh, Irish
uisge-'a-bagh (water of life); cau de
vie, French (water of life).
L.L. whisky. (See
L.L. Whisky.) Whisky, drink divine (the song) was
by O'Leary, not by John Sheehan. As a pretty general rule the Scotch
word is whiskey, and the Irish word whisky, without the
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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