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Cold as Aggie Forti

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Margo from Denton, Texas, says when the weather was really cold, her Kentucky-born grandmother would say it was cold as agga forti. The term aggie forti refers to something really strong, particularly a strong drink. That expression and the variants acker fortis, ackie fortis, and agur forty all go back to the Latin words aqua fortis, literally “strong water.” This is part of a complete episode.

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