barleycorn

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The 'Memoirs of an Alcoholic,'" I sneered--or, rather, John Barleycorn sneered; for he sat with me there at table in my pleasant, philanthropic jingle, and it is a trick of John Barleycorn to turn the smile to a sneer without an instant's warning.
In Britain, shoe size is measured in barleycorns - a medieval unit which defines an inch as three barleycorns.
Fourteenth-century statutes noted a yard (perhaps based originally on a rod or stick) of three feet, each foot containing 12 inches, each inch equalling the length of three barleycorns.
I was still making fur coats when I went to see my first gig - The Barleycorns - I must have been about 17.