Posted by Lewis on November 03, 2005
In Reply to: "Is it Hannover!" posted by Victoria S Dennis on November 02, 2005
: : "Is it Hannover!" used as a term of disbelief, in the context of "Is it Heck!" by my Grandmother (N/W England) could be corruption of Henniver?
: What's Henniver?
: I suspect that it's far more likely to be a euphemism for "Hell" - as indeed is "heck".
"Genever" in Dutch is pronounced 'henniver' - and refers to Gin a popular recipe for which was from Geneva, another way of spelling of which is "Geneve".
Genever is rather good in the 3 Bottles (Drei Flaschen), Amsterdam. especially the Oude.