Heard on The Doctors: _bug juice_

Alice Faber faber at HASKINS.YALE.EDU
Thu Mar 15 03:18:58 UTC 2012

On 3/14/12 7:46 PM, Arnold Zwicky wrote:
> On Mar 14, 2012, at 4:30 PM, Laurence Horn wrote:
>> ---------------------- Information from the mail header -----------------------
>> Sender:       American Dialect Society<ADS-L at LISTSERV.UGA.EDU>
>> Poster:       Laurence Horn<laurence.horn at YALE.EDU>
>> Subject:      Re: Heard on The Doctors: _bug juice_
>> -------------------------------------------------------------------------------
>> 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.
> common usage in summer camps all over the U.S., from at least 60 years ago. (only for boys? i doubt that, but i don't have evidence.)  don't know why it isn't in the slang dictionaries. (not in Green either.)

Definitely not only for boys...

Alice Faber                                       faber at haskins.yale.edu
Haskins Laboratories                            tel: (203) 865-6163 x258
New Haven, CT 06511 USA                               fax (203) 865-8963

The American Dialect Society - http://www.americandialect.org

More information about the Ads-l mailing list