barleycorn

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barleycorn

1. a grain of barley, or barley itself
2. an obsolete unit of length equal to one third of an inch
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John Barleycorn was on a truth-telling rampage, giving away the choicest secrets on himself.
Yet when I walk with John Barleycorn I suffer all the damnation of intellectual pessimism.
But," I hastened to add (I always hasten to add), "John Barleycorn must have his due.