Alcohol Word Trivia: Fun with Alcohol Words and Letters

Alcohol word trivia is fun!  Discover trivial alcohol words and share them with your friends.

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  • “Cwrw” is the Welch word for beer. It’s pronounced “koo-roo.”1
  • Mai Tai means “out of this world” in the Tahitian language.2
  • What’s the difference between  whiskey and whisky? (Other than the fact that one includes the letter “e.”)  They both refer to alcohol distilled from grain. But whiskey is the usual spelling in the U.S., especially for beverages distilled in that country and Ireland. Whisky is the spelling for Canadian and Scotch distilled alcohol.3
  • British wine is different from English wine. British wine is made from imported grape juice. English wine is made from grapes grown in England only.4
  • “Muscatel” means “wine with flies in it” in Italian.5
  • Isyammitilka and ksikonewiw are words for alcohol among the Alabama and the Maliseet-Passamaquoddy Native Americans.6
  • Methyphobia is a word for fear of alcohol.7
  • Dipsomania is a word for unusual craving for alcohol.8
  • A labeorphilist is a collector of beer bottles.9
  • The word alcohol comes from the arabic al kohl, which means ‘the essence.’10
  • It’s illegal to put the word “liquor” on storefronts in some U.S. states.11

 Now for Some Fun with Letters.

Letters from ‘drink to your health’ can be used to spell ‘ideal heart diet.’12  That’s appropriate because drinking in moderation is associated with better health and longer life than abstaining.

The letters in ‘increase alcohol taxes’ can be used to spell ‘Alert: Halt excess excise taxes on alcohol.’13

“Pack my box with five dozen liquor jugs” is a sentence that contains every letter in the English language.14 (“The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog” is widely but erroneously thought to be the only such sentence.)

The letters in “whiskey” can be used to spell “key wish.” The letters in “spirits” can spell “sip it sir.” And those in “moonshine” can spell the advice,”in no homes.”15

A Trivial Word 0n Trivia

Trivia is the plural of the Latin trivium. More than one alcohol word trivium become alcohol word trivia. So, “‘Cwrw’ is the Welsh word for beer” is an alcohol word trivium. But this collection is alcohol word trivia. So, should it be “Alcohol word trivia is fun!”? Or should it be “Alcohol word trivia are fun!”?


1  Google Translate

2  Zraly, K. Windows on the World Complete Wine Course. NY: Dell, 1987, p. 113.

3  Roueche, B. The Neutral Spirit. Boston: Little, Brown & Co., 1960, p. 84.

4  English or Welsh but not British

5  Bryson, B. The Mother Tongue. NY: William Morrow,1990, pp. 16-17.

6  Alabama Language Dictionary and Maliseet Dictionary 7

7 Medical Dictionary

8  Medical Dictionary

9  English Encyclopedia

10  Mr. Boston Deluxe Official Bartender’s Guide. NY: Warner Books, 1981, p. 192.

11  Spencer, D. To See or Not to See: Brown Baggin’. The Hill, June 20, 2001.

12-15  These facts are self-evident.