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    Default Whiskey is the new vodka

    Hello.

    A man, who being given a glass of whiskey, says, 'I thought you lot drank vodka' and gets an answer 'Whiskey is the new vodka'.Can I paraphrase the last sentence as 'Whiskey is the new replacement (unique) for vodka' while if he had said 'Whiskey is a new vodka' he would have meant that whiskey is considered as vodka but there are another drinks that can be considered as vodka as well.

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    Default Re: Whiskey is the new vodka

    Quote Originally Posted by AlexAD View Post
    Hello.

    A man, who being given a glass of whiskey, says, 'I thought you lot drank vodka' and gets an answer 'Whiskey is the new vodka'.Can I paraphrase the last sentence as 'Whiskey is the new replacement (unique) for vodka' while if he had said 'Whiskey is a new vodka' he would have meant that whiskey is considered as vodka but there are another drinks that can be considered as vodka as well.

    Have I got this right?

    Thanks, Alex.
    Yes.

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    Default Re: Whiskey is the new vodka

    In general usage, x is the new y is a used to mean that something has become fashionable, common or popular.

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