I heard this line in a song:

It wasn't a shot of cognac, it was a glass of cognac.

Then the crowd listening to the singer started laughing.

What is the difference in meaning between these two words in this context? Maybe I don't get it because I am a little far from the culture of drinking.

Here is the spotify link to the song, unfortunately that's a live version and I couldn't find it on YouTube. He sings that between 4:18 and 4:20.

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    A shot is a small measure, usually 25-50ml. A glass could be anything up to a litre. Haven't heard the song though, so I could be mistaken.
    – mjsqu
    Apr 26, 2014 at 9:32
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    The link doesn't work for me (I get "This content is not available" but I don't have a spotify account, so that maybe the reason?). If you put your mouse over the 'downvote' arrow you can see a short 'reason', but I agree with you that an uncommented down vote is of little use to the person who posed the question. (wasn't me)
    – Frank
    Apr 26, 2014 at 9:37
  • I'll try to find a working link, thanks for the effort though. Apr 26, 2014 at 9:42

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A shot is significantly smaller than a glass and one usually drinks very strong liquor in a shot glass. Thus when the artist says that it wasn't a shot of cognac, but a glass, he is remarking on how much strong liquor was being drunk.

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    That's assuming an indefinite article has been omitted by OP (or before). If one assumes one has been inserted: It wasn't a shot cognac; it was a glass cognac it's in the same ballpark of 'It's not sippin' whusky; it's gulpin' whusky'. Apr 26, 2014 at 15:37


a small amount of, especially a jigger, of liquore

Shot glass:

a shot glass is a small glass designed to hold or measure spirits or liquor, which is either drunk straight from the glass ("a shot") or poured into a cocktail.

Source: Wiki

In your line, the person, who probably ordered a shot of cognac, seem to complain that he/ she was given a glass (a larger quantity) compared to a shot

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