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Dictomancy - Everyday Wordplay

Spread laughter and positive energy with wordplay! Dictomancy - Everyday Wordplay is a Wednesday blog series that features rare, bizarre, and absurd words and their meanings. Work one of these words into your day and spark some laughter and curiosity!

Red liquor - red liq*uor n Also red whiskey [From its color, in contrast to the “white” (i.e., colorless) appearance of un-aged moonshine; cf white lightning, ~ liquor, ~ mule, ~ whiskey] chiefly Sth, S Midl Cf redeye 5 A distilled liquor, usu whiskey, with a reddish color that is legitimately achieved by aging, though sometimes achieved with additives; legally produced liquor. 1903 DN 2.327 seMO, Red-liquor . . .Whiskey. [Ibid 336, White-liquor. . . The raw product of distillation. Moonshine whiskey.]

“Gimme a shot of that red liquor and one for her.”

“The best part of college was making all the white lightning and red liquor on the sly.”

“What’s in this here red liquor?”

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Works Cited

Cassidy, Frederic G. Chief Editor. Dictionary Of American Regional English. Cambridge, Massachusetts: Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 1985. Print

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