Reading Elizabeth Renzetti’s article, “Britain about to put a price on getting bladdered, legless and rotten with alcopop” in the Globe and Mail (03/24/2012) got me to thinking about the power of words. She claims the Brits have more words for getting drunk than the Inuit have for snow.
To be drunk in England is to be:
“…bladdered, legless, parlytic or rotten with drink.”
Preparing to get drunk also has a language of its own.
“Preloading refers to the act of getting hammered before you go out to get hammered – that is, stocking up on cheap booze from the grocery store in order to be good and wobbly by the time you hit the bars.”
I’m willing to bet that each phrase has a story of origin behind it and a unique usage. Words are our main way of communicating. They are as important to a culture as water is to life.
Words for getting drunk conjure distinct images of the result. What are some other terms? Surfing the Internet I found several sites with information, but spent most of my time at the Drunktionary site. The author claims it is a, “shamelessly politically incorrect collection of slang terms for “drunk.” There are a kazillion terms. Here are a few I liked:
- A couple of chapters into the novel
- All pink elephants
- All schnozzled up
- Been to Olympus
- Betty Booped
- Been too free with the creature
- Drunk as forty billy goats
Each term gives me a different image of the drunk. Aren’t words wonderful! …so that’s my wordy Wednesday post:)
Do you have any favorite expressions for getting drunk?