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    cordial vs squash

    In BrE, what's the difference between cordial and squash understood as fruit juices/syrups you dilute with water before you drink them?

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    Re: cordial vs squash

    A cordial is an alcoholic beverage. Squash is not.

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    #3

    Re: cordial vs squash

    Quote Originally Posted by JohnParis View Post
    A cordial is an alcoholic beverage. Squash is not.

    John
    As far as I know a cordial doesn't have to be/ isn't an alcoholic drink in BrE?

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    #4

    Re: cordial vs squash

    Cordial definitely isn't alcoholic! I was given it loads as a child! Alcoholic cordials are liqueurs.

    In my experience squash and cordial refer to the same thing.... concentrated fruit syrup that you add water to. Cordial is just a slightly posher word for it. If I was in a high-end supermarket I would expect to find cordial. I think cordial is sometimes made without fruit e.g. ginger or mint but squash is always fruity? That is just speculation though.

    In the north of England people also call squash/cordial 'juice' which can get so confusing!

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    #5

    Re: cordial vs squash

    Sorry everyone - my bad. I took my definition from the American Oxford Dictionary.
    Here's the definition from the Oxford Dictionary of the English Language.


    • British a sweet fruit-flavoured drink: wine cups and fruit cordials[mass noun] :a tall glass of blackcurrant cordial
    • North American another term for liqueur

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    Re: cordial vs squash

    Quote Originally Posted by JohnParis View Post
    Sorry everyone - my bad. I took my definition from the American Oxford Dictionary.
    Here's the definition from the Oxford Dictionary of the English Language.


    • British a sweet fruit-flavoured drink: wine cups and fruit cordials[mass noun] :a tall glass of blackcurrant cordial
    • North American another term for liqueur
    "my bad"?

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    #7

    Re: cordial vs squash

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    "my bad"?
    Is this idiom unknown in the UK, bhaisahab?

    PS: I've just read that it's a very fresh one. I was apparently coined in the 80s: http://itre.cis.upenn.edu/~myl/langu...es/002693.html

    It seems to be very frequently used it America. I like watching American shows and I often hear it.
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    Re: cordial vs squash

    'My bad' = 'my mistake.'

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    #9

    Re: cordial vs squash

    Quote Originally Posted by birdeen's call View Post
    Is this idiom unknown in the UK, bhaisahab?
    It's unknown to me, though I have to admit that I no longer reside in the UK.

    One of the many good things about this site is that we can all learn, all of the time.
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    #10

    Re: cordial vs squash

    Quote Originally Posted by Seriah View Post
    I think cordial is sometimes made without fruit e.g. ginger or mint but squash is always fruity? That is just speculation though.
    Not necessarily- we do refer to lime cordial. I think squash is always fruity, but not all fruity ones are squash. I wonder whether it's to do with the sweetness, as lime cordial is less sweet.

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