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Today is Friday, January 5th… It’s also summer in Brazil, lots of people on vacation and for so many of them, it’s time to have some booze. Booze? What the hell is booze? I’ve never heard of this word before.
Guys, booze is a slang for “alcoholic drink” like beer, wine and so on. I came here today to share some interesting vocabulary, real life situations and why not, some experiences right?!
So, whenever you see or hear the word booze (B-O-O-Z-E), they’re talking about something alcoholic alright?
- Bring your own booze (very common in parties)
- What’s your favorite booze?
- What booze are you gonna have tonight?
Now something interesting. There’s a grocery store in Iowa called Hy-Vee. It’s very similar to Walmart, but I’d say, a little fancier – and of course more expensive. They have a separate store called Hy-Vee Wine & Spirits and the first time I saw it, I was like… “WINE AND SPIRITS?? SPIRITS LIKE… GHOSTS?? IT DOESN’T MAKE ANY SENSE!” I got really curious about that word in that context.
And yeah, EVERY TIME I see a new word, something that calls my attention specially after realizing it’s very common, I look for the meaning (in English). And with the word “SPIRITS”, it wasn’t different.
My favorite online dictionary btw is MERRIAM-WEBSTER.COM. And that’s what I found – SPIRITS:
“Distillate: such as the liquid containing ethanol and water that is distilled from an alcoholic liquid or mash —often used in plural.”
In other words: SPIRITS is the same as DISTILLATE DRINKS.
So, “Hy-Vee Wine & Spirits” basically sells fermented drinks like wine and beer and also Spirits – distillate drinks.
Some very common types of Spirits:
- Whisky (and just out of curiosity, you can write Whisky in 2 different ways ok? I’ll leave them in the transcription file: WHISKEY / WHISKY)
- Rum (and be careful with the pronunciation here. It’s /rãm/ and not /rum/
- Cachaça (Americans love to say the word cachaça and most of them have some trouble saying that word because they usually mispronounce by saying “cassacha” LOL).
- Cognac /ko-nyac/ is also a type of Spirit
- And so son….
Ok, my favorite spirits now…
- Liqueur for sure: Jägermeister, Amarula…
- I like Tequila
- Rums like Malibu, Bacardi…
I don’t like Whisky. Vodka for me only in a Caipirinha.
But my favorite one is wine and always dry. I also like sparkling wine and champagne. What about beer? Meh! Not my type. If it’s a hot day in the summer I might drink a very light and refreshing one but it’s not my favorite option.
But I know some of you might like beer as a booze, so let’s talk a little about it. The most common types of beer are:
-IPA: Indian Pale Ale
What about popular brands of beer in the US? I’m pretty sure you’ve already heard of them before, so let’s focus on the pronunciation kkk:
- Bud light
- Blue Moon
And now some more curiosities but related to beer:
- Blue Moon is traditionally served with a slice of orange
- There are more than 5,000 breweries in the USA. Brewery, in case you don’t know, is where beer is made.
- Craft beer is becoming more and more famous. Nowadays there are more than 3,000 craft breweries in the US. Ok, but what is a craft beer? It’s a beer made in a traditional, or in other words, non-mechanized way by a small brewery.
- And there’s also the draft beer. Some people don’t drink beer but do drink draft beer. It’s a beer drawn from a keg. A keg? What’s that? Haha
It’s basically a 60-liter barrel. But keg is more common when talking about draft beer.
- You might know in the US, measures are different, right? So, it’s common for us, Brazilian people to order, buy or sell in liters or milliliters. How is it in the US? Take note of it:
- 1 PINT: around 600mls
- 1 PITCHER = 1.8L
- 1 GALLON: around 3.7 litters
- And the last one: ROOT BEER. ROOT BEER guys, is not alcoholic. That’s soda actually. Kids love ROOT BEER. I’ve already tried that before and it tastes like toothpaste. Yuck! It’s horrible, in my humble opinion. I definitely don’t like it.
And if you don’t drink booze, it’s also important to know this type of vocabulary because you’re gonna hear people talking about it and I don’t want you to be out of the conversation. Well, if that’s your case and somebody asks you the kind of booze you like, you can just say:
- Oh, I don’t drink. Thanks.
- I’m not into booze actually.
Or if you like but you can’t….
- I’m driving today (I’m the designated driver today)
- I’m taking medicines. I can’t drink today.
As I told you in the beginning of our English Bite, it’s Friday today, it’s summer in Brazil and many people are on vacation and feel like drinking some booze and that’s perfectly fine, fun and healthy. And here is my personal advice:
- EAT UP! Drinking alcohol on an empty stomach is never a good idea.
- Cultivate taste. Choose quality rather than quantity.
- Don’t drink and drive!
- Know your limit!
- Respect the rights of your friends if they do not wish to drink
- Drink responsively!
- Keep safe!
So, that’s it for today guys. Yeaah, BOOZE: Beer, Wine and Spirits. I would like to know from you… How was that vocabulary today? Did you like it? Did you know all them? Lemme know.
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