Swill

Swill

"'Swill has several uses:
*Swill can refer to any cheap, usually poor-tasting beverage, especially beer or liquor of many kinds, or to food unfit for human consumption. This usage is likely derived from the term pig-swill, which is a generic term for waste products mixed together into pig feed. Pigs are notoriously indiscriminate in their eating habits.

*Swill can refer animal feed consisting of by-products, such as kitchen scraps or distiller's grains, mixed with water. In this sense, it is implied that the feeding is indiscriminate.

*Swill is a fictional low-price mineral water popularized in 1977 by a spoof commercial starring then-"Saturday Night Live" cast member Bill Murray. Swill prided itself on being "the water that's dredged from Lake Erie." According to Murray's endorsement, Swill was the only thing that could "wash down a hearty meal...that tends to just lay in your stomach." The advertisement also featured footage of Swill employees bottling their product in the lake, and of Murray pouring the viscous, dirt-filled concoction over ice, telling us "...I like mine with a twist." A closeup at the end shows the bottle is a parody of the one used for Perrier.

*Swill is a term for a poor throw in the game of ultimate.

*Swill can refer to the act of quickly washing your face usually without soap and usually with cold water to refresh yourself, probably originating in the North West of England.

Other uses

The term "pig swill" has on occasion been used metaphorically to mean "nonsense".

Swill is the name of the singer of British rock band The Men They Couldn't Hang

Swill is an industrial metal band formed in 1999. They are from Kansas City, Missouri. Phil Swill is the main member of the band. They released the album KillKillKill. They can be found at myspace.com/swillville and swillville.com

External links

* [http://snltranscripts.jt.org/77/77bswill.phtml Saturday Night Live Transcripts - Swill]


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  • swill´er — swill «swihl», noun, verb. –n. 1. a) kitchen refuse, especially when partly liquid; garbage; slops; hogwash. Swill is sometimes fed to pigs. b) any one of various other foods for animals resembling this in consistency, such as a mixture of water… …   Useful english dictionary

  • Swill — Swill, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Swilled}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Swilling}.] [OE. swilen to wash, AS. swilian.] 1. To wash; to drench. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] As fearfully as doth a galled rock O erhang and jutty his confounded base, Swilled with the wild… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Swill — Swill, n. 1. The wash, or mixture of liquid substances, given to swine; hogwash; called also {swillings}. [1913 Webster] 2. Large draughts of liquor; drink taken in excessive quantities. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Swill — Swill, v. i. To drink greedily or swinishly; to drink to excess. South. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • swill — swill·er; swill; …   English syllables

  • swill — [swil] vt. [ME swilen < OE swilian < IE base * swel , to devour > SWALLOW2] 1. to flood with water so as to wash or rinse 2. to drink greedily or in large quantity 3. to feed swill to (pigs, etc.) vi. to drink, esp. liquor, in large… …   English World dictionary

  • swill — (v.) O.E. swilian, swillan to wash, gargle, with no certain cognates, but probably from P.Gmc. *sweljanan, related to the root of SWALLOW (Cf. swallow) (v.). Meaning drink greedily is from 1530s; the noun sense of liquid kitchen refuse fed to… …   Etymology dictionary

  • swill — ► VERB 1) Brit. rinse out with large amounts of water. 2) Brit. (of liquid) swirl round in a container or cavity. 3) informal drink greedily or in large quantities. ► NOUN 1) kitchen refuse and waste food mixed with water for feeding to pigs. 2)… …   English terms dictionary

  • swill — swill1 [swıl] v [: Old English; Origin: swillan] 1.) [T] BrE to wash something by pouring a lot of water over it or into it swill sth away/down/out ▪ Get a bucket to swill the yard down. 2.) [I and T] if a liquid swills around or you swill it… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • swill — 1. n. liquor. □ This swill is awful. Please give me some beer. □ The swill they serve here is better than you can get elsewhere. 2. n. a drink of liquor. □ How about a swill out of your glass? □ …   Dictionary of American slang and colloquial expressions

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