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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. 

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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