Last month, I tackled the Top 10 Drunk Phrases, so now I thought I’d look at the single colloquial words for being drunk. So for my 17th Top 10 list that’s what we’ll do, so I can keep milking the Drunk Words, a project I worked on several years ago and finally got back on line last year. Again, one of things I absolutely love about the English language is just how many words we have for the same thing, especially colloquialisms, better known as slang. If you accept the anthropologist theory that what’s important to a culture can be deduced by the number of words it has for certain aspects of its culture (which I don’t, BTW) then the nearly 2,000 words for being drunk would say quite a bit. Only sex and parts of the body seem to have more. Anyway, my choices are based simply on the way the words sound or some other ephemeral quality that I like, like cleverness or the pure unabashed silliness of the word. There are so many great drunken words to choose from, take a look at the list and let me know your faves. Anyway, here’s List #17:
Top 10 Drunk Words
It was really difficult to keep the list to ten, and a great many colorful words were left on the cutting room floor. Here’s a few more that almost made the list:
Cupshotten, Embalmed, Floored, Flummoxed, Gambrinous, Goofy, Implixlocated, Inebriated, Marinated, Oenophygia, Shipwrecked, Snoozamorooed, Tanked, Tight, Upholstered, Vulcanized, and Zonked.
Let me know your favorites, and if you see any you know of that are missing from the list, please post a comment and I’ll add it.
Also, if you have any ideas for future Top 10 lists you’d like to see, drop me a line.
Tom Dalldorf says
An actual C&W song is called, “I was home getting hammered while she was out getting nailed.”
Here are a few antipodean ones for your list, Jay.
tired and emotional
off his/her face
“Unbeer” seems like it should have a place on this list.
Unbeer: to let the beer out of your body (after reping its benefits of course).
My favorite has been squiffy for quite sometime.
10′ tall and bulletproof is always a good one.
I have used ‘polluted’ before. As in, “I went out with the boys and got polluted last night”.
And of course one of my favorites that never seems to get much use anymore ‘$hitfaced’.
My favorite is “obliterated”
A Nova Scotian favourite is “all liquored up”. In Lunenburg County in that fair province drinking is called “going out with the Captain” – ie Captain Morgan rum – and a liquor store is “the power house.”
Drew B says
Tight is definitely one of my favorites and despite it having been co-opted by other elements in society, it still really knocks me out to read stuff from the 30-early 60’s and everyone’s talking about getting stoned.
michael Reinhardt says
Pissed is definitely the one I heard the most from Brits I hang out with. Three sheets to the wind is also a good one.
Duke Of Dunkel says
doesn’t anyone get ripped, blitzed or shitfaced any more?
Larry Bell was hanging out in my room in Boston at the Craft Brewers Conference.
I believe the our conversation was well “lubricated.”
The Professor says
Ahhh…the Duke has mentioned my old favorite: “shitfaced”.
Of course, in my college years (so long ago that Lincoln was probably president) we would get SO shitfaced that we were to lazy to even say it…in such cases we simply got “faced”.
These days, I mostly will stop at being “buzzed”.
michael Reinhardt says
I thought of “tore up from the floor up” today. I always found that one funny.
my favourite term is Shitfaced
little different, but try…
3 sheets to the wind
Angie S. says
My new favorite is “Fluffy.” I worked at a festival this year and was admonished by the event director to not get “Fluffy” while on my shift.