Posted by Marian on February 08, 2002
In Reply to: Stiff drink posted by psi on February 08, 2002
: Why "stiff" drink?
I've always thought it was this: put enough alcohol in a drink, and even a veteran drinker may conceivably jerk his/her head back from the glass--almost recoil--after the first taste. Conceivably the drinker's torso appears to stiffen up, although I think that this body language is sometimes affected playfully between friends as a gesture of appreciation for a well-prepared concoction.
- OED on "stiff" R. Berg 02/08/02