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Words for Liquor

Q (Frank Staplin) 24 Jun 14 - 07:26 PM
Elmore 24 Jun 14 - 09:48 PM
GUEST 25 Jun 14 - 12:03 AM
Phil Cooper 25 Jun 14 - 12:23 AM
Mr Red 25 Jun 14 - 04:26 AM
Nigel Parsons 25 Jun 14 - 04:28 AM
Sandra in Sydney 25 Jun 14 - 06:36 AM
GUEST,Raggytash 25 Jun 14 - 07:58 AM
GUEST,sciencegeek 25 Jun 14 - 09:16 AM
GUEST 25 Jun 14 - 09:34 AM
Rapparee 25 Jun 14 - 09:37 AM
Sandy Mc Lean 25 Jun 14 - 03:12 PM
GUEST,.gargoyle 25 Jun 14 - 04:04 PM
Gurney 25 Jun 14 - 04:20 PM
Bert 25 Jun 14 - 05:04 PM
Bert 25 Jun 14 - 05:10 PM
Q (Frank Staplin) 25 Jun 14 - 07:30 PM
GUEST 25 Jun 14 - 08:49 PM
Bob Bolton 25 Jun 14 - 08:54 PM
GUEST,# 25 Jun 14 - 08:58 PM
Deckman 25 Jun 14 - 10:02 PM
GUEST,Desi C 26 Jun 14 - 02:32 AM
Q (Frank Staplin) 26 Jun 14 - 01:20 PM
GUEST,.gargoyle 26 Jun 14 - 05:59 PM
vectis 26 Jun 14 - 07:29 PM
GUEST,Nick Dow 26 Jun 14 - 07:37 PM
GUEST,Learaí na Láibe 27 Jun 14 - 06:10 AM
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Bob Bolton 06 Jul 14 - 10:31 PM
GUEST,leeneia 07 Jul 14 - 06:52 PM
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Mark Ross 08 Jul 14 - 12:39 AM
kendall 08 Jul 14 - 10:43 AM
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Subject: Words for Liquor
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 24 Jun 14 - 07:26 PM

I was looking at the thread on the Liquor Book Song, in which screech figures.
I went to the liquor store to replenish my single malt and heard another customer mention "hooch."

How many of these words are there?

Hooch comes from Hoochinoo, an Alaskan Tlingit people, who made a strong liquor, which soldiers sent at the time of the purchase of Alaska from Russia (1867) found to be a comfort in a strange land.


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Subject: RE: Words for Liquor
From: Elmore
Date: 24 Jun 14 - 09:48 PM

Sounds like b.s. to me.
    Hi, Elmore - we usually class linguistics as "folklore," which stays above the line. I suppose that's abritrary, but that's what we do.
    -Joe Offer-


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Subject: RE: Words for Liquor
From: GUEST
Date: 25 Jun 14 - 12:03 AM

WW2 Torpedo Juice


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Subject: RE: Words for Liquor
From: Phil Cooper
Date: 25 Jun 14 - 12:23 AM

Booze is an obvious one. Eye popper, hair of the dog are a couple others.


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Subject: RE: Words for Liquor
From: Mr Red
Date: 25 Jun 14 - 04:26 AM

poteen, pochain, potean and various other spoolings.
sauce.
grog
medicine, rhuematis medcine (as per Granny Hillbilly)
tot (UK Naval)
jar
shot
Mountain Dew
Morning corrective, hair of the dog
bevvy
the pure (Irish)

Mr Red is strictly a cidernaut. I likes my vitamin C preserved in alcohol.


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Subject: RE: Words for Liquor
From: Nigel Parsons
Date: 25 Jun 14 - 04:28 AM

The creature (or the Irish spelling)
Falling down water


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Subject: RE: Words for Liquor
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 25 Jun 14 - 06:36 AM

Here in the land of Oz, the size of beer glasses leads to names - middy (the usual size), schooner & pot (large), pint (largest standard glass) or seven (smallest glass, probably obsolete as I don't see them in pubs nowadays).

As beer is served cold, some drinkers ask for a coldie. Beer is often bought by the slab (24 cans in a box), & plonk is cheap wine.

Australian wine runs from prize-winning to cheap & can be bought in bottles, flagons, & casks, an Australian invention

Alcohol can be consumed in pubs, bars & restaurants & bought from bottle-os (bottle shops or off-licences) for consumption elsewhere.

& of course if someone gets on the booze, grog, piss, turps, amber fluid, bundy (rum made in Bundaburg) & are considering driving, they need to watch out for the booze bus or they could end up in jail or hospital.

sandra


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Subject: RE: Words for Liquor
From: GUEST,Raggytash
Date: 25 Jun 14 - 07:58 AM

Well this should run for a while. I'll add Loopy Juice for strong beer, Fire Water for cheap spirits and Grog, a mixture of Rum and Water normally. Is someone keeping tabs?


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Subject: RE: Words for Liquor
From: GUEST,sciencegeek
Date: 25 Jun 14 - 09:16 AM

LOL plenty enough terms to go around

from the hill country in the southern USA, we have moonshine aka shine

rotgut for any really poor excuse for liquor

Prohibition gave us the term bootleg

juice of barley seems to be a very old term and fruit of the vine has been used for wine aka vino

spirits for distilled products and "medicine" for proper folks who avowed temperance... lol


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Subject: RE: Words for Liquor
From: GUEST
Date: 25 Jun 14 - 09:34 AM

Mother's Ruin (Gin)
Libation
Tincture
Snort
Snifter

I think we should leave the taxonomy of drink out of it (Beer/Wine/Spirits subclassified)


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Subject: RE: Words for Liquor
From: Rapparee
Date: 25 Jun 14 - 09:37 AM

Coffin varnish
Tonsil varnish
Rotgut
Panther piss
Tiger sweat
Old oh be joyful
Nose paint
Nellie's downfall
Booze
Mother's little helper (also laudanum)
Snake bite medicine


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Subject: RE: Words for Liquor
From: Sandy Mc Lean
Date: 25 Jun 14 - 03:12 PM

Moonshine in Cape Breton is often just called "shine". Other names are Cape Breton Silver, Mac an poit (son of the pot, from Gaelic), and bush whisky sometimes just shortened to "bush". The Rankin Family song Mull River Shuffle is based on this elixir.


Mull River Shuffle


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Subject: RE: Words for Liquor
From: GUEST,.gargoyle
Date: 25 Jun 14 - 04:04 PM

Dago Red
Brew
Joy Juice
Jesus Juice
Nog
Vino
Dago Red
Swill
Aqua Vita
White Lightening
Pop Skull
Horse Piss
Spirits
Medicinal Use Only
Spode
Whoopass
Torpedo Juice
Genever
Hard Stuff
Sauce

Sincerely,
Gargoyle

And my favorite "homebrew"


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Subject: RE: Words for Liquor
From: Gurney
Date: 25 Jun 14 - 04:20 PM

One of Mike Harding's tales uses the term Lunatic Soup for dark ale.
Most graphic.


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Subject: RE: Words for Liquor
From: Bert
Date: 25 Jun 14 - 05:04 PM

Siddiqui, or sid from the Arabic word for friend.
Jet fuel
Pigs      Cockney slang, pigs ear - Beer
Laughan   Cockney slang, laugh and titter - bitter

A wee dram Scottish

Three fingers
A double


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Subject: RE: Words for Liquor
From: Bert
Date: 25 Jun 14 - 05:10 PM

Another two from Saudi Arabia from the two versions of sid commonly available.

Brown
White


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Subject: RE: Words for Liquor
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 25 Jun 14 - 07:30 PM

I remember Rumpole of the Bailey, and his cheap plonk, 'Chateau Thames Embankment'.


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Subject: RE: Words for Liquor
From: GUEST
Date: 25 Jun 14 - 08:49 PM

G'day,

I notice that Sandra's list up at 25 Jun 14 - 06:36 AM mentions the Australian development of the "Wine Cask" ... meaning, today, a rectangular cardboard box housing a (~) 4 litre plastic sack of wine ... with a simple plastic 'spigot' that is mounted by the user into a pre-punched 'cut-out' ... allowing one to draw off any reasonable serving with the collapsing sack preventing any air leaking back ... to 'turn' the rest of the wine.

I can remember the original (Penfolds' brand) 'wine cask' ... which I shared with my friend (and Sandra's) Ralph Pride when we were contracting together in Tasmania - ~ late 1967. This was (originally) housed in a cylindrical tin-plate container ... decorated with a pattern of faux 'barrel staves' ... and one sat it on a separately purchased moulded brown plastic "barrel stand".

Rather decorative ... at least, compared with a tack cardboard box...!

Regard(les)s,

Bob


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Subject: RE: Words for Liquor
From: Bob Bolton
Date: 25 Jun 14 - 08:54 PM

Oops ( ... 'hick' ... ?),

I seem to have drunk my monicker ... now refilled!

Regard(les)s,

Bob Bolton


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Subject: RE: Words for Liquor
From: GUEST,#
Date: 25 Jun 14 - 08:58 PM

I use muscatel as a catch-all phrase for wine. Of course, I got no class.


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Subject: RE: Words for Liquor
From: Deckman
Date: 25 Jun 14 - 10:02 PM

"Kickapoo Joy Juice"


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Subject: RE: Words for Liquor
From: GUEST,Desi C
Date: 26 Jun 14 - 02:32 AM

Just back from Ireland so here's a few of theirs
Gargle or sometimes Dargle. Pint of Dark or pint of light. Water Of life = Whiskey or Liffey water. Porter, punch as in Jug Of Punch. Black Velvet Band refers to a pint of Guinness with a Whiskey chaser.
Poteen often called Mountain Dew


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Subject: RE: Words for Liquor
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 26 Jun 14 - 01:20 PM

Many of these terms seem to have a life throughout English-speaking areas. A few are new to me.
Wine Cask, Australian for boxed wine, not heard in US/Canada by me. A wine cask is often used for ageing hard liquor. Boxed wine an Aussie invention? Smart people. Used to buy plonk this way in California.
Genever- used in Netherlands for gin. "junge genever," plain un-aged gin, can be dangerous for visitors there (I know!).

New to me were Jesus juice, bevvy, Spode (I think of the English bone china), whoopass (whoopee juice I have heard), siddiqui, slab (I have heard a carton of 24 merely called a '24'). Eye popper (often hear eye opener).
Snort and nose paint sound like drug terms.
Beer sizes and types are a category in themselves, although schooner seems universal for beer served in a handled container.
Mixed drink names are many (Black Velvet Band).


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Subject: RE: Words for Liquor
From: GUEST,.gargoyle
Date: 26 Jun 14 - 05:59 PM

Jesus Juice - was referenced at the Michael Jackson trial.

KickApooJoyJuice as a term fro Al Capps' s Little Abner comic strip.

Apple Jack. gets its potency from freezing the ice crystals out.

Sincerely,
Gargoyle

   How dry I am...


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Subject: RE: Words for Liquor
From: vectis
Date: 26 Jun 14 - 07:29 PM

Here in New Zealand beer is sold as a 'handle' large or small or by the glass (which has no handle).
Spirits seem to be generally termed 'top shelf'
The best beer is still 'homebrew'


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Subject: RE: Words for Liquor
From: GUEST,Nick Dow
Date: 26 Jun 14 - 07:37 PM

The Gypsy Folk call it Peave and drunk is Peavish


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Subject: RE: Words for Liquor
From: GUEST,Learaí na Láibe
Date: 27 Jun 14 - 06:10 AM

I take it that liquor refers to spirits and not any alcoholic beverage in general.

Here in Ireland::-

A drop
A dropeen
A wee drop
A smathán (smahawn)
a drop of the craythur.
Poitín, potcheen (this only refers to illegally brewed whiskey)
A small one.

I'm sure there are many more, but that's what comes to the mind at the moment.

Memory probably adversely effected by over consumption of the above. :)


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Subject: RE: Words for Liquor
From: Mr Red
Date: 27 Jun 14 - 12:15 PM

the so-called "Cask" has been around for 45+ years in the UK to my knowledge. I well remember a wine-maker regaling us with a the story of fermenting in one and in order to exclude much of the air he packed the gap between cardboard and plastic with newspapers. The finished wine tasted like wet newspaper! Make yer think dunnit?

the contents of these "Casks" have been called "Chateau Calapso" - often. Did anyone mention tanglefoot - a common reference to the effect that scrumpy (rough cider) has on the nervous system. I thought this was a myth until I was a regular at the Somers Arms Folk Club (Malvern/Worcester). It hits all nerves, it is just that the legs are pretty structural to the human frame.

Don't Aussies refer to tinnies?


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Subject: RE: Words for Liquor
From: Bob Bolton
Date: 06 Jul 14 - 10:31 PM

G'day Mr Red,

The Australian-invented "Wine Cask" has been around at least 47 years.

In 1967 I was working on a late one the Snowy River Hydro dams - but chucked in the secure job to go (~) broke in a contracting venture with an old friend ... down in Tasmania.

That was where and when I first saw this strange tin 'cask' of Penfolds (rough-ish ...) red ... and that was a widely selling hit of wine - just over 47 years back!

Regard(l)ess,

Bob


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Subject: RE: Words for Liquor
From: GUEST,leeneia
Date: 07 Jul 14 - 06:52 PM

the drink (Irish) as in "He had the drink taken."


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Subject: RE: Words for Liquor
From: Joe_F
Date: 07 Jul 14 - 09:36 PM

Said, somewhere, to be the stuff that has the most slang words for it. _Slang and Euphemism_ (1981) by Richard A. Spears lists s.v. booze: A-bomb juice, alchy, Al Cohol, Al K. Hall, alki hall, antifreeze, apple-jack, aqua vitae, ardent spirits, barley broth, barley juice, barley water, bathtub gin, belch, belly-vengeance, belly-wash, belsh, berps, berpwater, bevy, bitches' wine, bit of blink, bivvy, blotto, blue blazer, blue blazes, blue pig, blue ribbon, blue ruin, blue stone, blue tape, bob, boilermaker, bombo, bootleg, breaky-leg, Brian O'Linn, bub, bubble-water, bubbly, bucket of suds, budge, bug juice, bumbo, cactus juice, canebuck, caper-juice, catgut, cat's water, chain lightning, chalk, cham, choc, choke-dog, clap of thunder, cock-ale, coffin varnish, cold coffee, Colorado Kool-Aid, conk-buster, corn, corn-juice, corn-mule, cougar-milk, crazy water diddle, dido, Doctor Hall, donk, drain, drudge, Dutch courage, embalming fluid, eyewash, eye-water, family disturbance, far and near, finger and thumb, firewater, fizz, flash of lightning, fogram, fox-head, gargle, gas, gator sweat, gauge, gay and frisky, giddy-water, giggle-juice, giggle-water, golden cream, grave-digger, Greek fire, growler, gut-rot, hard liquor, hard stuff, highland frisky, hogwash, hooch, jack-a-dandy, jacky, John Barleycorn, John Hall, jollop, joy juice, joy-water, juice, jungle-juice, juniper-juice, kill-devil, kill-grief, kingdom come, knock-me-down, Kool-Aid, lage, laughing soup, lightning, light wet, liquid fire, liquor, London milk, lotion, lube, lush, max, medicine, Mexican milk, misery, moonshine, mother's milk, mountain dew, mur, myrrh, nanny-goat sweat, nantz, near beer, Nelson's blood, never-fear, nig, nose paint, o-be-joyful, oil of barley, old Tom, pain-killer, paleface, panther juice, panther piss, panther pizen, panther sweat, physic, pig's ear, pig sweat, pine-top, pish, piss, pish-maker, pizen, plink, plonk, pluck, pong, pongelow, pop-skull, potato soup, prairie dew, prune juice, purge, queer beer, rag-water, red-eye, red ned, reeb, right-sort, rotgut, rotto, ruin, satin, sauce, scamper juice, scooch, screech, sham, shampoo, sheepwash, shicker, shine, silken twine, silly milk, silo drippings, sissy beer, skee, skit, sky, sky blue, slosh, snake, snakebite medicine, snake juice, snake medicine, snake poison, spirits, spiritus frumenti, squaw piss, stagger-juice, stagger-water, stark naked, stingo, stinkibus, stinkious, streak of lightning, strip-me-naked, strong and thin, strong waters, stump-likker, suck, suds, sugar-candy, super suds, swig, swill, swipes, swizzle, tanglefoot, tangle-leg, tape, tarantula juice, tea, the demon rum, thimble and thumb, tickle-brain, tiger juice, tiger milk, tiger piss, tiger sweat, tipple, titley, tittery, Tom Thumb, tonsil bath, twankay, unsweetened, varnish-remover, wanks, water of life, whistle-belly vengeance, white, white coffee, white lightning, while line, white mule, white port, white satin, white stuff, white tape, white velvet, whitewash, white wine, whoopee-water, wild mare's milk, witch-piss, whoozle-water, yard of satin. That should do to go on.


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Subject: RE: Words for Liquor
From: Mark Ross
Date: 08 Jul 14 - 12:39 AM

Old Factory Whistle- One blast and you're through for the day.



Mark Ross


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Subject: RE: Words for Liquor
From: kendall
Date: 08 Jul 14 - 10:43 AM

Dutch courage


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Subject: RE: Words for Liquor
From: bubblyrat
Date: 08 Jul 14 - 01:04 PM

I believe Booze comes from Arab word for beer !!
suggest watching
Another name for Grog is Bubbly (hence my name !) ; this is because,when the daily rum-ration for sailors was issued circa 1145 hours , it was mixed 2 to 1 with water , and thoroughly mixed (violently,some might say ) together . As a result ,it had a lot of small bubbles in it ,hence the name "bubbly" ; I NEVER heard anyone refer to it as Grog , Nelson's Blood,or any other names --just Bubbly or Tot.Of course, alcoholism often resulted and some people (me included ) tried to get extra "sippers" or "gulpers" off their mates . Yes, I was a "Bubbly Rat" !!!!

"Screech" in the Navy was Marsa Vin ,from Malta( I think !)

If you want to see the Royal Navy Rum Issue in detail, I suggest watching the early (1960) Michaeel Winner film about carrier HMS Victorious , called " Floating Fortress " - it's really interesting !!


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Subject: RE: Words for Liquor
From: Tattie Bogle
Date: 08 Jul 14 - 01:32 PM

Swally
Jungle Juice
Vino Collapso
Uisge beatha


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Subject: RE: Words for Liquor
From: Joe_F
Date: 08 Jul 14 - 11:37 PM

bubblyrat: The OED does not mention Arabic. It guesses that "booze" comes from Dutch "buizen", meaning to drink to excess.


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Subject: RE: Words for Liquor
From: bubblyrat
Date: 09 Jul 14 - 05:50 AM

O wat jammer ; Ik heb een fuit gemaakt ! Nu neem Ik graag een pilsje ( Oranjeboom, natuurlijk !).


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