I came across a sentence while reading the Angels and Demons of Dan Brown;

Their drug of choice was a potent intoxicant they called hashish.

If I constructed the sentence from the scratch It would be;

Their drug choice was a potent intoxicant they called hashish. or Their choice of drug was a potent intoxicant they called hashish.

Is the original sentence true? If it so, why?

  • First things first. You run into people in the street but you come across or stumble across sentences in book. I believe both choices work but drug choice works better for headings and titles. For example: DRUG CHOICE AMONGST TEENAGERS. A study about....etc. Jun 14, 2020 at 15:51
  • ...but I understand that among users and recovery specialists the term "drug of choice" is used, which may be one of several drugs that are being abused. It's an idiomatic phrase, not a "Use of English" one, and that's why it is in the book. Jun 14, 2020 at 16:13
  • This distinction was asked about on ELU some years ago (in the context of choice of ride / ride of choice). In practice, drug of choice and choice of drug are "equivalent" in the cited context here, even though we can obviously point out that strictly speaking, one version refers to a specific choice, whereas the other refers to a specific drug. That's just a hypothetical distinction with no significance in the real world. But Their drug choice is at least a slightly "marked, unusual" choice. Jun 14, 2020 at 16:20
  • By "idiomatic" I meant within a certain subculture. Jun 14, 2020 at 16:36


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