Monday, September 10, 2007


Okay, no pictures, just a question. In a recent post I mentioned I was having a snert with my shot of Old Crow. Now I remember from my youth that a snert referred to a small beer that was served with a shot of whiskey. This belief was reinforced by the fact that Hagar the Horrible's dog is named Snert. I assumed that this was because Hagar likes his beer.

However, I have been unable to find any documentation to verify that snert is actually used in that manor. I am pretty sure that at one time I did see such a definition though. It seems to me that snit is another term that means the same thing. I did find a definition for snit that said it was a unit of measure equal to 3 ounces, so this would fit. Most of the references I have recently found for snert are for it being an acronym for a variety of disparaging comments such as "Sexually Needy Emotionally Repressed Troll" or "Snot Nosed Egotistical Raging Teen."

If anyone can help me out with finding some documentation for the term snert being used to describe a small beer, please post a reply or send me an email. I will be most grateful.


Marty Freeman said...

"Snit" seems to be a Minnesota thing?
A google search led to a measurement reference that says a "snit" is 2 jiggers. Fitgers Brewery in Duluth advertises their bloody mary is served with a "half-pint snit" of beer. A "shot and a snit" was common in the 70's for sure and I remember it being a small straight sided 4-6 oz glass of whatever was on tap, usually Schmidt or Grain Belt.
Maybe this helps to confuse any clearing up of this issue.

Marty Freeman said...

oh, and I believe it is pronounced "shnit"... at least it was in Northeast Minneapolis. That was back in the good old days, when there were Grain Belt salt shakers on the bar for your beer.

paula said...

Its a Snit and a Snort. The snort being the shot and the snit being the beer. Dont you remember?

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