|Slang City Mail|
|March 31, 2005|
Slang of the
Week: gin blossoms (noun phrase)
Last fall, Slang City introduced the Name Game quiz on the origin of band names, but one we left out was the Gin Blossoms. The group’s name was inspired by a picture of gin blossom sufferer and early 20th century comedian W.C. Fields, who once said, “Now don't say you can't swear off drinking; it's easy. I've done it a thousand times.”
With a name like that, it’s not surprising that the band experienced conflict because of alcohol problems. Doug Hopkins, who wrote some of their most popular hits, left the band in 1992 and committed suicide a year later.
According to the Gin and Vodka Association, gin was originally produced in Holland, leading to its nickname Dutch Courage. Since the 1700s, it has also been known as mother’s milk, blue ruin (for the color), and most charmingly, strip and go naked.
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