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Term (also Umgeld, Ohmgeld and locally also Böspfennig) for a former excise and sales tax on, for the time being, wine and other alcoholic beverages such as beer and brandy. Etymologically the term is derived from the Middle High German "gelt" (tax, payment) and the reinforcing "un". Ohm in turn was derived from the mhd. "ame" (old measure of liquid, wine measure = bucket). Ungeld was a malapropism of the term "Ohmgeld" and meant in the original sense an "unjust" monetary charge. This tax was widespread in Switzerland, Austria and Germany from the 13th century onwards. Sometimes it was also extended to foodstuffs such as salt, grain or meat. The handling of the inclusion or the amount of the tax was locally quite different, each region or city proceeded according to its own laws

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