[Ads-l] Heard: "bug juice"

Joel S. Berson Berson at ATT.NET
Wed Dec 31 22:10:25 UTC 2014


At 12/31/2014 11:47 AM, victor steinbok wrote:
>When we were using it in the 1980s, it was definitely a reference to red
>"fruit punch" liquids or powders for making them. Not a bad reference, as
>some of them used to contain crushed bugs (cochineal), while others had
>beet juice or assorted carcinogens.

When I was "using" it, I suspected the name arose from the summer 
insects that investigated something so colorful, got swamped, and drowned.

Joel

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