Back from Smoko

You may have noticed that the CrunchFacts team has been silent recently. You may have attributed that to the fact that we were hard at work, thus the radio silence. You would be wrong.

Neigh, it wasn’t hard work that kept these great Crunchtributors busy, but instead something far more important.

We were on Smoko.

For those unfamiliar with the term, please listen to the piece of classical music linked here.

With that song, titled “Smoko” by the legendary Australian pub-punk band The Chats, the phrase Smoko has gained a resurgence in popularity. However, the origin of the word is somewhat of a mystery.

During my very own Smoko (which the UrbanCrunchinary describes as “a slang term used on building sites in Australia, meaning a morning-tea break, or a smoke break”) which consisted of a bowl of crunchberries and a segment of Crunch’s memiors, I discovered something quite intriguing. Horatio used the phrase “Cruncho” quite often, when referring to him or his crew going on break during a long voyage.

However, those memoirs were dated in 1797s, way earlier than when tobacco was introduced to Australia by Joe Camel in 1929. This means that the word “Smoko” may have actually originated from Captain Crunch himself! It isn’t unlikely that J. Camel, infamous thief and master of disguise, would have taken Horatio’s beautiful “Cruncho” and warped it to better fit the product he was pushing. Hence, the birth of “Smoko.”

Joe Camel
Here is the deceptive Joe Camel, disguised as John Travolta on the set of Grease.

Quite a wild ride, huh? Anyway, that about wraps up that mystery. So as the legendary The Chats would say, “I’m on Smoko, so leave me alone!”