One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
(especially in Aboriginal English) methylated spirits or other cheap alcoholic liquor.‘although drunk on goom, he was a fit man’
- ‘A group of about four Aboriginals are sitting at a table drinking from a cask. Goom. You know, Metho.’
- ‘Brandy was his favourite drink after gin, then came whiskey and finally goom.’
- ‘He had been drinking cask wine and goom.’
- ‘He set a shot glass and a bottle of goom on the table.’
- ‘He also had some goom, didn't he?’
1960s: perhaps from Gabi-gabi and other Aboriginal languages gung ‘water, alcohol’.
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