I heard the expression 'warm and flat water' in the British film when someone gives another water saying

There you go, warm and flat.

I was told that I can use 'flat drink' to the drinks in which had gas but have lost all of gas then. What about the water? Does 'flat water' mean that the water once had bubbles in it but now doesn't?

The film is About a Boy. In the hospital, a woman gave a boy a glass of water saying 'warm and flat.'

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The expression “warm and flat” is simply the opposite of “cool and fizzy”. A carbonated drink (soda/pop) such as cola becomes flat when its lid is left open over a short period of time. When opened, CO2 molecules are converted to gas and escape in the form of bubbles; eventually, that fizz dies down and the beverage becomes "flat".

In the British romantic comedy, About a Boy, the woman offering a glass of still water to Marcus, a twelve-year-old boy, was being droll, and at the same time, she was possibly trying to cheer the boy up with a small joke.

It is said that some British people prefer their beers to be served warm and flat, basically when it's at room temperature and has lost most of its head, i.e. the white frothy part. Supposedly, that is how beer or, at least, some ales should be served.

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Warm, Flat and Boring

The Truth About Cask Ale
Features July 22, 2004
Written by SilkTork

Prior to the D-Day landings, thousands of American servicemen came over to Britain to train and prepare for the assault on occupied France. Naturally, there were some cultural exchanges: the Americans gave us chocolate, nylons, chewing gum and Lucky Strikes - we gave them fish & chips, rainy weather and beer served from the cask. The servicemen felt they had the raw end of the deal, and went home complaining about the warm, flat beer.
Myths and legends have developed since then about Britain’s peculiar method of drinking beer. Even though there are a few places in the United States that do serve cask ale, these are rare, and cask ale remains almost uniquely a British experience. Everywhere else in the world the beer is either served from a bottle or under pressure from a chilled keg

  • Ale should,be served at around 7-11C it's only really warm compared to ice cold lagers. The small amount of head is particular only to certain regions of the UK, particularly Southern England where many GIs were based as it happens.
    – Sarriesfan
    Commented Feb 10, 2019 at 20:11

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