Image: The Triumph of Bacchus (Greek title is Ο Θρίαμβος του Βάκχου) is a painting by Diego Velázquez, now in the Museo del Prado, in Madrid. It is popularly known as Los borrachos or The Drinkers (politely, also The Drunks). It has been described as the masterpiece of Velázquez’s 1620s paintings.
From: Chapter Eleven (1766-1770) of Benjamin Franklin in London (2016) by George Goodwin:
“…In June (1768) Hillsborough completed his takeover of American affairs when the Board of Trade was added to his remit. Franklin wrote that he had dined with the displaced Lord Clare just two days before the latter’s dismissal, that they had had “a good deal of conversation on our affairs” and that Clare “seemed to interest himself with all the attention that could be supposed in a minister who expected to continue in the management of them”. However, Clare may have had some *inkling because, Ben told William, “at parting, after we had drank a bottle and a half of claret each” Clare had hugged and kissed him, “protesting he never in his life met with a man he was so much in love with”. For those who can imagine the scene, Ben‘s following sentence of “This I write for your amusement” would seem somewhat unnecessary.”
“Originating in English in the early 16th century, inkling derives from Middle English yngkiling, meaning “whisper or mention,” and perhaps further from the verb inclen, meaning “to hint at.” It also shares a distant relationship with the Old English noun inca, meaning “suspicion.” An early sense of the word meant “a faint perceptible sound or undertone” or “rumor,” but now people usually use the word to refer to a tiny bit of knowledge or information that a person receives about something. One related word you might not have heard of is the verb inkle, a back-formation of inkling that occurs in some British English dialects and means “to have an idea or notion of.”