Heard on The Doctors: _bug juice_

Joel S. Berson Berson at ATT.NET
Thu Mar 15 12:02:39 UTC 2012

In college, it was "nondescript gray meat".  Now I suppose it's "pink slime".

At 3/14/2012 09:33 PM, Victor Steinbok wrote:
>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.

Thus merging two senses of "bug juice" -- the synthetic colored water
with the alcoholic.


>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.
>     VS-)
>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.
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