Shhhhh...type quitely...
January 1, 2006 6:38 PM   Subscribe

Crapulous, katzenjammer, tosspot- etymology of inebriation Good words for explaining what happend last night and has continued on in it's demonic form for many hours past it's welcome....
posted by superchris (6 comments total)
Great link! Although I find it hard to believe that there are more slang words in English for inebriation than anything else...that can't be right, can it?
posted by feathermeat at 6:57 PM on January 1, 2006


feathermeat, I am sure that it is right. A few years ago I came across an essay in an anthology that listed about 100 euphemisms for "drunk". It dated from the 20s. A couple of our favorites were "owled" and "organized". We still use "organized" from time to time.

And I strongly advocate the use of "bar" to refer just to the counter. A "bar" is a piece of furniture that you find in a tavern or a pub. Unfortunately, I'm about 100 years behind the times in my preference.
posted by Miko at 7:32 PM on January 1, 2006

More links: In search of that 20s glossary, I found Drunktionary.
posted by Miko at 7:34 PM on January 1, 2006

...And Church Keys. A great list, but watch out for pop-ups, it's Tripod.
posted by Miko at 7:35 PM on January 1, 2006

Hey, I've written for Modern Drunkard!
posted by maxsparber at 9:50 PM on January 1, 2006

Check out

"Alcohol: Wordlore and Folklore"
Ernest L. Abel
Prometheus Books....NY
ISBN 0-87975-372-4

Looks like a lot of that article was culled from it.
posted by timsteil at 6:31 PM on January 2, 2006

« Older Best Worst Building Demolition Evah.   |   Patch Windows now. Newer »

This thread has been archived and is closed to new comments