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After my LJ corporate overlords post, I realized that the phrase I used "drinking the grape kool-aid" is, well, dated. And to celebrate me being able to do polls again, I have created one about this very phrase! Why? Why not?

Poll #1313845 Drinking the Kool Aid

Which phrase have you heard?

Drinking the purple kool-aid
Drinking the grape kool-aid
A different variation on the theme

Do you know where the phrase originates from?

No, but if you hum a stanza I bet I could figure it out.

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From: scifantasy Date: December 12th, 2008 05:04 am (UTC) (Permanent Entry Link)
Though most commonly I just hear "drinking the Kool-Aid," and those poor bastards at Kool-Aid really got screwed on that one, didn't they? I mean, it wasn't even their mix.
rimrunner From: rimrunner Date: December 12th, 2008 06:37 am (UTC) (Permanent Entry Link)
And Xerox thought they had problems.
mhnicholson From: mhnicholson Date: December 12th, 2008 07:26 pm (UTC) (Permanent Entry Link)
There were packets of both Flavor-Aid and Kool-Aid used. The videotape is pretty clear.
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merhawk From: merhawk Date: December 12th, 2008 05:10 am (UTC) (Permanent Entry Link)
I can see how it morphed into that, though it was grape that was used.
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merhawk From: merhawk Date: December 12th, 2008 03:34 pm (UTC) (Permanent Entry Link)
Not everyone has their priorities straight.
cheezstk From: cheezstk Date: December 12th, 2008 09:20 pm (UTC) (Permanent Entry Link)
*snort* Glad I wasn't drinking just then. Grape or otherwise.

Like everybody else, I've always just heard "drinking the Kool-Aid," sans flavor designation.

There was a whole big thing (and by big thing, I mean they were going on about it on NPR http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=97133443. So not that big, really.) on Jonestown recently, as the 30th anniversary was last month.

I don't think it's a dated expression in that I hear it used all the time, but it seems likely that its grotesque origins will fade from memory, and a bitterly vicious put-down of groupthink will be used for milder & milder things. "All the kids these days are drinking the Hannah Montana kool-aid!"

mhnicholson From: mhnicholson Date: December 12th, 2008 07:27 pm (UTC) (Permanent Entry Link)
Dozens? Almost a thousand. (915 from memory, but don't quote me on that, it's been over a decade since I went over the case study in class)
krfsm From: krfsm Date: December 12th, 2008 06:09 am (UTC) (Permanent Entry Link)
What montoya said.
aardy From: aardy Date: December 12th, 2008 06:38 am (UTC) (Permanent Entry Link)
I've been hearing it lately as "He/I drank the [bandwagon/corporation] Kool-Aid", such as "I drank the MySpace Kool-Aid", "She drank the Microsoft Kool-Aid", or "He drank the payday loan Kool-Aid."
larabeaton From: larabeaton Date: December 12th, 2008 06:11 pm (UTC) (Permanent Entry Link)
Most commonly, just 'drinking the Kool-Aid'.

However, the first usage I'd heard of that phrase was from a band called 'Guyana Kool-Aid'. Never heard it used with either grape or purple before.
mhnicholson From: mhnicholson Date: December 12th, 2008 07:06 pm (UTC) (Permanent Entry Link)
The more disturbing thing to me is that I'm hearing "drink the kool-aid" to mean "expressing loyalty" by people who don't get the irony.
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