Thursday, December 11th — The Kool-Aid

December 11, 2008

Today I Learned…

…where the phrase “drink the Kool-Aid” comes from.  It commonly refers to the Jonestown tragedy (which I also just learned about recently), where cult leader Jim Jones convinced almost a thousand people to commit mass suicide by drinking Kool-Aid (or Flavor-Aid, or something like that) that had been laced with cyanide.

Makes sense, huh?  It also lends a much more sinister connotation to that particular idiom, which I always thought was supposed to be silly — something along the lines of being invited into a group with a ritual sharing of tropical-flavored sugar water.

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3 Responses to “Thursday, December 11th — The Kool-Aid”

  1. nkboedecker Says:

    I actually had a Facebook comment war with someone who got offended at the use of “drink the Kool-Aid” because it was “too soon.”

  2. Nick Says:

    W00t! Now blogroll me! I promise this blog will stick around.


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