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Aug 23, 2008 10:43 AM

Why do we call G&Ts gin *and* tonics but VTs just vodka tonics?

Some of us have too much time on our hands.

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  1. It's the whole consonant-vowel-consonant thing. "Gin and tonic" rolls off the tongue; no double vowels. Same with "vodka tonic" But if you order a "vodka and tonic" you have to make a full stop before the "and." Which can be difficult at times.

    "I drink Asti Spumante until I can't pronounce it any more. Then I drink beer." - Benny Hill

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    1. re: alanbarnes

      Oh, I suppose you're right. It's the natural alternating stressed and unstressed syllables thing.

      I imagine this Q would have been more appropriate for a logophile's forum—but then, a good drink can foster all sorts of philias. As well as, yes, the inability to speak the words one loves.

      Edit: I mean natural in the English language, of course, although FCF's claim below complicates the theory.

    2. In the UK, I think they just say "Gin Tonic"

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        1. re: MMRuth

          No. Gin and It is gin and sweet vermouth.

          See this thread.

          1. re: JMF

            Thanks - I thought after I posted that I should have searched!

        2. re: FriedClamFanatic

          In the UK, I've also heard "Whisky Soda".

          1. re: wontonton

            We call them V&Ts.

            For Man Men fans, I guess if Jimmy Barrett had a cocktail, it would be a Gin and Barrett.

        3. Because that way both follow the meter of "Caedmon's Hymn".

          1. My hypothesis is that gin and tonic got here first, in the days when we were wantonly and recklessly wasteful with our natural resources, including trees and paper. A VT is much more compact, and as it occurs in print, it will eventually spare the need for another page...and will save another tree. A VT is very PC.
            Next, we should obviate the use of the letter "u" following "Q's" , and save still more trees...:)

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            1. re: Veggo

              Well, now that there's Q tonic, you could just call a gin and tonic a GQ.

              1. re: tatamagouche

                GQ...very PC. Bartenders, take note of the VT ( Veggo-tatamagouche ) collaboration...