Heard on The Doctors: _bug juice_

Victor Steinbok aardvark66 at GMAIL.COM
Thu Mar 15 01:33:42 UTC 2012

That's what we used in college, but a but more specific. Any red-died
"punch", such as Hawaiian Punch or Tahitian Treat, either plain or mixed
into some kind of alcoholic concoction. The two brands above were
particularly prominent because they came in 2-liter bottles, so they got
a lot of mileage. Frozen and powder stuff was not as popular. I'm not
sure you can still find Tahitian Treat.


On 3/14/2012 7:30 PM, Laurence Horn wrote:
> On Mar 14, 2012, at 6:43 PM, Wilson Gray wrote:
>> A doctor explains his use of a term:
>> "_Bug juice_ is doctor slang for 'anti-biotics'."
>> This meaning isn't in HDAS or UD and, as fate would have it, neither
>> is the only meaning for _bug juice_ that I know:
>> "soy sauce."
> Hunh.  For us survivors of summer camp in Maine (early 1950s), and probably elsewhere (and elsewhen), "bug juice" will forever designate oversweetened (if that's not oxymoronic) kool-aid type beverages, almost always red.
> LH

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