“Mulled Up” Bill: A Berry Bizarre Response


When the Berry Brothers, who were famous London wine sellers during the eighteenth century, sent a bill too early to Irish poet and playwright Richard Brinsley Sheridan (1751 – 1816), he was not amused. He called it a “mulled up” bill, then proceeded to write the following reply:

You have sent me your Bilberry,
Before it is Dewberry.
This is nothing but a Mulberry,
And I am coming round to kick your Rasberry
Until it is Blackberry
And Blueberry.

Note that in Old English dialect, to mull is to muddle or foul-up.

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