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Swill

Swill

[swil]
'''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

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