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Vinegar has been known and appreciated as an important food adjunct (condiment and preservative) for as long as man has been able to practice the arts of brewing and wine making. It is mentioned in early classical literature and the Bible. Vinegar, derived from the French word Vinaigre, means, literally, sour or sharp wine (vin = Wine, aigre = sour or sharp) . The Chinese and Japanese letter for which means vinegar, is made from two parts- (SAKE) and (TSUKURU). The former character means wine or liquor and the latter means produced. Therefore the meaning of (SU) is something made from wine, that is, vinegar.