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 "...7 Interesting Facts About Bar and Nightclub Jargon" 
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A History of Clubbing... 7 Interesting Facts About Bar and Nightclub Jargon
by: Ben King

A night on the town at your favourite bar or nightclub... We love it but when you think about it, some of the customs and terminology surrounding one of our favourite past times are a bit weird. So we decided to find the answers to some of the big questions as well suggest some possible alternatives.

1. The “Cheers”

Although subject to much speculation it is a widely held belief that the concept of a bunch of people crashing their glasses into to each other in celebration in fact stems from way back in Europe, when death by poisoned beer was a common way to go. Crashing your glasses together ensured some of your drink spilled into your drinking buddies, and as such, created an effective deterrent in the knowledge if one goes, we all go.

Our Suggestion: Get new drinking buddies.

2. The “Toast”

The literal meaning of proposing a toast, is in fact quite ludicrous, so where does it come from? It in fact stems from the poor bastards that lived in 17th century England where drinks tasted so shit that flavouring them with “spiced toast” was deemed an improvement.


3. The “Cocktail’

Synonymous with style and elegance despite the unfortunate literal meaning, it is unclear the origin of the word... So we found some of the funniest theories:

Fighting cocks were given a mixture of spirits by their trainers before a fight. This mixture was known as a cocks-ale.

In tribal Ireland, clan chiefs would gather now and then for a drink and to chat about the shit weather. The clan chiefs would signify their importance by putting a cock's tail in their drink to show how important they were.

Cocktails were drunk originally in the morning, and the cocktail was the name given as metaphor for the rooster crowing whilst being drunk.

Our Suggestion: The “penis-end”

4. The “Schooner”

After researching this for hours, the best we could come up with is that it has something to do with a boat (there is a class of boat that is called a Schooner).

Our Suggestion: A David Booner

5. “House Music”

Unsurprisingly, the origin of this term is also disputed, however we’ve decided this is the most plausible one:

“A nightclub in Chicago called “The Warehouse” pioneered this type of music during the late 70’s and Early 80’s. Known to the locals as “The House” the term became synonymous with the type of music, rather than the venue and the rest is history.”

Our Suggestion: Knuckles, after the resident DJ at the Warehouse, Frankie Knuckles

6. “Disc Jockey”

Coined in the 1935 by a man by the name of Walter Winchell, the term was used to describe phonograph operators (whatever they are). Neck and neck for a long time with the term “record man” the term “disc Jockey” or “DJ” one out by the mid 60’s, relegating the “record man” to the history books. On an interesting side note, the first ever DJ was a 16 year old by the name of Ray Newby, of Stockton, California in 1909. DJ Newby, used to kick it old school with a spark transmitter at the Herrold College of Engineering in San Jose.

Our Suggestion: Record Man... We keep it mega old-skool.

7. “Bouncer”

Known previously as the “bully, braggart and boaster” from what we can tell, the term bouncer was coined in 1883 in an article in the London Daily News by someone having a sook about not getting to finish his beer.

'The Bouncer' is merely the English 'chucker out'. When liberty verges on license and gaiety on wanton delirium, the Bouncer selects the gayest of the gay, and -- bounces him!"

If you think that’s going back, there is even reference to bouncers in the old testament who’s jobs included “protecting the temple from theft", from "illegal entry into sacred areas" and most likely “making sure nobody was wearing sneakers or thongs.” You may also be interested to know that the head bouncer at a club is called the “cooler”

Our Suggestion: No comment

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