"By Any Other Name" by C.J. Dennis

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Australian Vignerons vigorously object to the term "plonk" applied to certain Australian wines.

Strange how a thing may be given the bird
By the mere sound of a word.
Consider, for example, the designs
In names for wines.
Has about it an air of gay bravado.
Malmsey, Sauterne, Champagne,
Never gain
Any implication
Of degradation.
But wouldn't it be utterly "cronk" --
Would it have a dreadful sound
To say a certain Duke of Clarence was drowned
In a butt of plonk?

First published in The Herald, 29 October 1937

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