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cordial

soft drink: can I have a cold cordial. Compare cool drink, fizzy cordial, fizzy drink, lolly water.

Contributor's comments: This term is also used for soft drink in Tasmania. Noticed first when I moved to Burnie from NSW in 1984. Water cordial is used to distinguish between soft drink and 'cordial'.

Contributor's comments: My wife is from Forbes, NSW, and her whole family uses the term 'cordial' to ask for a soft drink.

Contributor's comments: "Can I have a can of cordial" is still used in Tasmania - although if you say the same thing in Victoria you are met with an empty gaze.

Contributor's comments: We [from Katoomba, NSW] always used this word for the flavoured syrup that you dilute to make a cold drink, or a drink made this way, although I have heard this kind of drink called "squash" but mostly by people from England.


Contributor's comments: This usage of 'cordial' for a soft drink is universal in Tasmania.

Contributor's comments: The use of the term cordial to describe a soft drink is one of the first things to strike me when I first moved to Tassie in 1991, growing up in South Australia cordial was only ever that syrup to which you added water to make a drink. My father who was born in 1911 occasionally used the term cordial to describe a soft drink, and I can recall a delivery truck in the 60's still bearing the slogan "Liddy's Luscious Liquors and Cordials". I'm assuming that the use of cordial for soft drink is a throw back to the syrups to which you would have added water from a soda siphon to make a soft drink. For some reason this (like some other terms) has hung on in Tassie.

Contributor's comments: Even though I speak with a somewhat plummy English accent I was identified as a TASMANIAN when I asked for a "can of cordial" at a small kiosk in country Victoria. The first lady I spoke to didn't know what I meant. The second lady asked if I came from Tasmania! I had learnt to use this word 20+ years ago and presumed it was an Aussie word in general use.

Contributor's comments: "Cordial" in Tasmania is also used to describe a variety of soft drinks including those that are carbonated and non-carbonated. In Victoria and the ACT the word "cordial" is used to describe only those drinks made by mixing a concentrate (usually fruit based) with water and kept in a refrigerator.

Contributor's comments: Used in southern Tasmania to denote fizzy drinks. If there's confusion between whether one would like soft drink or cordial of the fruit reduction variety, the specific term is 'fizzy cordial.'

Contributor's comments: Cordial in NSW means a syrup to which water is added to make a drink. In Tasmania it's called water cordial, where cordial is softdrink.

Contributor's comments: Cordial was used in Tasmania for fizzy drinks in the 60's and 70's.

Contributor's comments: I was brought up in Tasmania in the 1960s, and we used the word cordial to mean either fizzy drinks or the syrup with water added. Our favourite fizzy drink was made by a local company called Cooee Cordials. I didn't realize until I moved to Canberra in the 70s, that fizzy drinks are NOT called cordial everywhere!

Contributor's comments: Growing up in the 70's near Kempsey, the term cordial was used to refer to any flavoured drink, soft drink or syrup based.

Contributor's comments: In the days before globalisation most small towns had their own soft (fizzy) drink maker. On the far North Coast of NSW such establishments were referred to as 'The Cordial Factory'.

Contributor's comments: A Tasmanian term, meaning soft drink, as opposed to flavoured syrup and still water. To a shopkeeper: "Where do you keep the cans of cordial?"

Contributor's comments: I grew up in Newcastle, NSW and cordial was the word used for carbonated soft drinks. "Crystal Cordials" was one of the local bottlers who specialised in home delivery and I can still visualise the sign on their trucks.

Contributor's comments: When I was growing up in the 1950s, "cordial" was an icky-sweet syrup to which ice water was added. Later, "cordial" was the name of the fizzy drink; lemonade, creaming soda, cheery cheer, etc., that came in bottles, sometimes delivered fortnightly by the "cordial man" in his van.

Contributor's comments: Often the term 'cordial' is not accompanied by the adjective 'fizzy' so it can be a bit of a gamble as to what you are likely to receive! As a new arrival in Tassie 8 years ago I was at a country show with very young children and was relieved to see a sign above a tent which read "Cordial'. When I asked for one I was astonished when I was handed a can of lemonade! The seller apologised when I explained what I wanted was a flat drink for my toddler and seemed somewhat bemused by my confusion.

Contributor's comments: fizzy soft drink. eg. coke, pepsi, etc. "I'm going to the shop do you want me to buy you a can of cordial?"

Contributor's comments: Cordial was used in Cessnock to denote soft drinks because we had Knipes Cordial Factory in the town, who manufactured soft drinks. It was also the term for the syrup purchased at the store in bottles, which wa added to water for a cool drink. There was the milkshake syrup sold to school students who provided their own bottles, the syrup being to add to the free milk given at school. Some kids referred to it as cordial.

Contributor's comments: Cordial, a name given to bottled effervescent drinks usually known as 'lemonade' etc. elsewhere. Heard from a young man born there (North? Tasmania) 1950's, again on touring from a shopkeeper in late 1970's.

Contributor's comments: I grew up in Inverell in the 1940-60's and we had a local "cordial" factory that produced carbonated soft drinks.
cool drink

noun soft drink. Compare cordial, fizzy cordial, fizzy drink, lolly water.

Contributor's comments: Small shops (eg delis) in SA would advertise that they had cool drinks and lollies. Cool drinks meant fizzy drinks.

Contributor's comments: Also called a cooly [in Carmel, WA].

Contributor's comments: Cool drink or Soft Drink are both in common usage in SA.

Contributor's comments: [Perth informant] Growing up in the 1980s, I almost never heard 'soft drink'. They were always 'cool drinks'. Since moving to the eastern states (ACT and Vic) in 1995 I have heard 'soft drink' a lot and never heard 'cool drink'.

Contributor's comments: In Melbourne I always use the term "cold drink" meaning the drink has been refrigerated. However, in Western Australia, the term "cool drinks" is invariably used, which upset me the first time I wanted a cold drink on a hot day there. At least it's better than in England where cold drink means it's off the shelf on a cool day, but never refrigerated!
fizzy cordial

soft drink: Do you want a drink of fizzy cordial? Compare cool drink, cordial, fizzy drink, lolly water.

Contributor's comments: Used in Tasmania as a distinction from cordial to denote it as being aerated.
fizzy drink

noun soft drink. Compare cool drink, cordial, fizzy cordial, lolly water.


Contributor's comments: Also used all over Victoria.

Contributor's comments: I have heard older generations (40+) of born and bred Queenslanders use this expression.

Contributor's comments: I grew up with this term in Coburg [Vic].

Contributor's comments: We definitely used fizzy drink in Tasmania.

Contributor's comments: Also used in Adelaide SA (and possibly elsewhere in SA)

Contributor's comments: Sydney's western suburbs 1975-1985, all the mothers served fizzy drink at kid's birthday parties.

Contributor's comments: In UK supermarkets, the phrase "fizzy drinks" is used to mark the aisles were such is sold, in the same way as we see "soft drinks" in Australia, and "soda" or "soda pop" in the US.

Contributor's comments: I have spent my whole life in Tasmania and have never heard anyone here refer to soft drink as fizzy drink. It is refered to as cordial.
lolly water

Soft drink. (Term sometimes used by my 81 year old father who comes from the Barossa Valley, SA). May be widely used elsewhere too, so not sure if this is a regionalism: Don't forget to pack the lolly water for the chop picnic in the esky. Compare cool drink, cordial, fizzy cordial, fizzy drink.

Contributor's comments: Also used in NSW.

Contributor's comments: I've heard this expression here in Melbourne. It's a derogatory expression for soft drinks.

Contributor's comments: My brother-in-law lived all his life in Northern Victoria and used lolly water extensively.

Contributor's comments: [Perth informant] Often used to describe flavoured low-alcohol content drinks (such as UDLs, Archers)