What Makes a Man Smoke Tires? Gasoline, Petrol, Benzin or Benzina?

On the occasion of the day after D. Boon's birthday, and having had all manner of fuel scents drift in from the harbor over the last few days, we started wondering why what we yanks call "gasoline" has so many names around the world. The Germans refer to it as "Benzin," based on the fuel's benzene quotient. The Italians have been known to sell cars, such as the 308 GT4, in North America with a "benzina" gauge to measure the amount of fuel in the tank. And of course, the Brits, their former subordinates and Americans with a penchant for affectation refer to gasoline as "petrol." Which one is coolest? Watch the Minutemen play "Jesus and Tequila" out on San Pedro Bay while you decide. Godspeed, D.

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For whatever unknown reason, (probably related to the German and Italian versions) my parents have always used the word "Benzo" as slang for gasoline. I use it on occasion, but what is strange... Whenever Im with a passenger who hasnt heard the term before, and I mention that I need "benzo", nobody ever asks what im talking about. I guess "benzo" is gassy sounding enough for people to assume Im talking about fuel?