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vacation juice

compounding; noun
Alcohol drank in a vacation setting. According to Polygon.com, the term “vacation juice” was originally used in the June 28, 2019 update of the children’s video game Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp as an item that characters could drink on the game’s virtual beach. The image for the item features what appears to be a fruity cocktail with a hibiscus flower, lime slice, and cherry. The use of “vacation” is understandable, because this is a drink only drank on vacation, but the use of “juice” is meant to have a more humorous meaning: slang for liquor.
 
Children playing the game would have learned the word for juice, but likely not the word for alcohol, and Nintendo (the game’s manufacturer) likely wouldn’t have wanted to promote alcohol consumption among children for legal reasons. The word “juice”, the extractable fluid of cells or tissues, likely gained the meaning “liquor” through the connection that they were both edible liquids, though the latter definition of juice certainly has a more adult, tongue-in-cheek connotation. This term spread through memes about the video game it was attached to, so mostly only players of Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp were using it regularly.
Etymology : compound between “vacation” and “juice”
Source : “When I went to Hawaii this summer I had so much vacation juice.” -conversation with older sister, September 2019
Last modified: 9 December 2019


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