French word of the Day: Binouze

French word of the Day: Binouze
This piece of slang seems pretty topical right now.

Why do I need to know binouze?

Because with summer here, you might want to grab une binouze in the sun!

What does it mean?

The word binouze is a slang word for an alcoholic drink, similar to ‘a brew’ or ‘booze’ in English, which came about in the 1990s within French bar culture. 

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According to Le Figaro, the term was invented by joining the word ‘booze’ and the slang suffix ‘-ouze’.

It can mean any alcoholic drink, but is often used to mean a beer. The French language actually has many slang words for beer, including bibine, binouze, mug, and mousse depending on which region you’re in. But binouze is recognised country-wide and is likely to be understood at any French bar.

Use it like this

Je pensais qu’il avait bu toute la binouze – I thought he had drunk all the booze

Allez, on va prendre une binouze ! – Come on, let’s go and have a beer!

Amies, musique, et binouze – Friends, music, and booze

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