Words: plonk, n.
Thursday 11 November 1999
It is to them that we owe spruce, as in fake or malingering. Plonk, for that wine which can offend a trained palate, is a corruption of vin blanc and perhaps an abbreviation of the rhyming slang plink plonk (in Australia plink alone has been around as a term for such wine since the beginning of the century). Yet to reach these shores is the Australian for a wine bar: a plonk bar.
Meanwhile, licensing laws bid toodle-oo to the happy hour - another Great War invention, a slurring of a tout a l'heure, goodbye - although Jonathon Green posits a departing coach's toot.
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