The word vinegar derives from the French “vin aigre,” or sour wine. It has been traced back to 5000 B.C.E. in Babylon, not just for cooking but as a medicine, a preservative, and a drink to boost strength and promote wellness.
~Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
You've probably heard of smelling salts, but have you heard of vinaigrettes? Back in the day, they were used to "shock" someone who was about to faint by having them get a whiff of vinegar (on a sponge). They could also be filled with something sweet-smelling.
Silver vinaigrette in the shape of a harp, France, 1701-1800
Acid-etched blown-molded glass, painted with enamel, enhanced with gold
photo by Caroline Léna Becker
Musée des Arts décoratifs de la Faïence et de la Mode au château Borély à Marseille
photo by Rvalette
Vinaigrette, probably German