From a non-alcoholic drink called Claytons promoted in Australia and New Zealand in the 1980s as “the drink you have when you′re not having a drink”. The drink itself did not impress consumers and is now all but forgotten; the term came to be represent fake substitution or lack of commitment. For example, a half hearted union strike might be called a ‘Clayton′s Strike’.
Claytons (not comparable)
- (Australia, New Zealand, informal) Inferior substitute, unsatisfactory compromise, or ersatz.
2013 March 18, Yahoo!7 Sport, “Let's put the summer of scandal behind us”, in Yahoo!7, retrieved 2013-05-17:
- AFL Game Day's Hamish McLaughlin summed up the summer perfectly last Sunday: "There's been new coaches, new presidents, new captains, good trades, ugly trades, suspended CEOs, suspended football managers and coaches, player managers fined, drug allegations, ASADA, WADA, the ACC, capped rotations, Clayton's tanking, the tanking you're having when you're not really having tanking.