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A simple trick to keep them separate. How many can you recall? Besides 'cute' or 'annoying'. Check out words from the year you were born and more! If the of words that a language has to describe a specific thing somehow reflects on the people who speak that language, then the English-speaking people or at least our collective livers are in a rather sorry state. One article in The American Journal of Psychiatry from counted over synonyms for drunk. Sometimes, however, one is only half-of-an-ass drunk or less. Fortunately English allows for more precise measurement - as with jingledwhich describes those only mildly drunk.

Strong drink has often been referred to as liquid-couragea compound noun that is quite useful and easy to understand. In pot-valiant we have an adjective to describe someone who feels the effects of drinking this substance.

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There's a lovely old English ditty, found in a book of British songs and verse fromtitled Half-Seas Overwhich extols the benefits of a man getting slightly soused before attempting to wax romantic with a woman:. If maid or widow you would win, And wear your wished-for treasure, You'll find it best to fill your skin With just the proper measure. With less than that to feed your flame, You'll prove too cold a lover: While more might overshoot your aim; So woo her-half-seas over. Symposium is typically used today to describe a meeting of experts or a published collection of articles on a subject, but the word was first used in English to describe a sort of drinking party.

In fact, the word originally comes from the ancient Greek sympineinmeaning 'to drink together. Given its history, symposium serves as a useful reminder that the current meaning of a word will often have strayed far afield from its roots. A mighty antifogmatic. It prevents you the agueMr.

Sergeant; and clears a man's throat of the cobwebs, sir.

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Having a drink was thought to cure illness, provide strength, and warm the body. A drink could take many forms: a blackstrap, a syllabub, a toddy, a flip, a rattle-skull, a stonewall, a whistle-whetter, a snort, and—for shots of rum had first thing in the morning—an antifogmatic.

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According to Benjamin Franklin's Drinker's Dictionary, a drunk could be described as being halfway to Concord, having a head full of bees, or being the recipient of a thump over the head with Sampson's jawbone. A travel bookwritten in the beginning of the 19th century, provides a mention of antifogmatics, along with a short list of other types of drinks that were supposedly enjoyed by the residents of the state of Virginia at that time.

In addition to the drink meant to counteract the fog, there were gum-ticklers 'a gill of spirits, generally rum, taken fasting'the phlegm-cutter 'a double dose just before breakfast'and the gall-breaker 'about half a pint of ardent spirits'. Somehow, none of these names have survived into the lexicon of modern cocktails. Amethyst was at one time considered able to ward off the effects of alcohol.

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The name of the stone comes from the ancient Greek word amethystos'remedy against drunkenness. Theophrastus, a student of Plato, opined that the stone was ased these qualities on the sound scientific basis that both amethyst and wine are purple, and so should cancel each other out. Amethyst is not the only sobering stone in the history of wine drinking: dionise a rock named after Dionysus, the Greek god of wine was likewise thought to prevent intoxication. Just to be clear, there is no evidence suggesting that crapulous and crap as in 'feeling like crap' are Just a couple drinks talking, either etymologically or through some distant uncle.

SUCH a Katzenjammer. Katzenjammer has been seen in print in English since at leastwhen the word appeared in an article on German dueling. Although cats are not known to be habitual drunkards, the word entered our language with all the malignant brio of a magnificent hangover. By the early 20th century the word was familiar to many from the title of a popular cartoon about impish children, The Katzenjammer Kids.

Vandyke has a lovely etymology incongruous with so unlovely an activity. It comes from the name of Anthony Van Dyck - and not because he was a drunken sot. The Flemish painter was in the habit of painting subjects who wore collars featuring deeply indented or zagging collars. His name was then applied to various things reminiscent of that distinctive shape, be that thing a sharply edged border on a piece of furniture, or the hapless weaving of one who has imbibed overmuch of drink. Have you never heard of a kind of gin That makes 'em fat as well as thin, That makes 'em tight as well as loose?

Have you never heard of Slangy Sleuce and his bug juice? These include the United States Marine Corps' slang for insect repellent; extremely sweet drinks often found at summer camps; the alcoholic definition found at the beginning of this entry; and the name of ren's television show that ran on the Disney Channel from Perhaps the Disney Channel picked this title after finding that Rotgut and Plonk were already taken. Clinker pulled him aside as said: 'Say, Bo! Lissen ter dis bird twitter, will youse: Do youse tink dat I'm a country Jake?

There was a professional boxer from New York City in the beginning of the 20th century named Jack Roller. It seems a good name for a pugilist, and it would be fitting were his name the origin for this colorful word. It is not. Jackroller comes from the combination of jack 'a man of the common people' and the action of "rolling" someone 'to rob a person usually by going through the person's pockets while he or she is drunk, asleep, or unconscious'. One time, this jack roller crushed me one walking out of a bar -- you could call it a sucker punch, but any fool not six sheets to the wind would have seen it coming, and I was eight sheets gone -- right along the supraorbital ridge, where socket rings eye, and I experienced this crazy sensation of my eyes bugging out of my head, this telescopic view of the sidewalk, curbed cars, the moon and stars.

No one is quite certain where nippitaty also seen on occasion as nippitatenippitatoand nippitatum comes from, although it's been staggering about in the English language since the 16th century. No etymologists, to the best of my knowledge, have suggested that it is simply a drunken rendering of some other word, unintentionally coined by some scribe after having enjoyed several large glasses of the stuff.

The angel's share has the sound of a fine old expression, muttered by crooked old makers of ardent spirits since the days of yore, as they carefully craft their variants of whiskey that had been produced by the same yard of peat bog for a thousand years. In France this is known as 'the angel's share. Ross Morrison, director of Scotch Bonnet and whisky industry veteran, spoke with various distillers about the bane of the 'angels' share' and its direct impact on their profitability.

He collaborated with friend Ken Hooker, owner of packaging firm Proteus, to create the Scotch Bonnet cask. Made from sustainably sourced, natural fibreboard, the cask does not eliminate evaporation from the barrel but has been shown to ificantly decrease it without affecting the taste of the spirit. Even more so than with symposium this word proves that there is often a great disconnect between a word's etymology and its current meaning. Dead man which has dead soldier as a sometime synonym has been in use since at Just a couple drinks talking the end of the 17th century, when it was recorded in the famous dictionary of slang A New Dictionary of the Canting Crew.

Few writers have used this expression quite so eloquently as did Thackeray. The first four definitions of glorious found in Merriam-Webster's Unabridged are all concerned with noble uses denoting splendor and beauty. The drunken meaning of the word is the final one and perhaps the most odd, since it raises the question of what exactly about the drunkenness is so funny. Glorious does not provide a quantitative assessment of drunk such as 'very', or 'almost'but a qualitative one-hilariously.

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Time Traveler. Definition: slang : mildly drunk About the Word: If the of words that a language has to describe a specific thing somehow reflects on the people who speak that language, Just a couple drinks talking the English-speaking people or at least our collective livers are in a rather sorry state. We have hundreds of words describing alcohol and its various effects. Definition: : bold or courageous under the influence of alcoholic drink Example: "'Never, sir,' reed Pott, - pot-valiant in a double sense - 'never.

As an added bonus the word is rather obscure and will confuse most people to whom you say it. Half-seas Over. Definition: : drunk About the Word: There's a lovely old English ditty, found in a book of British songs and verse fromtitled Half-Seas Overwhich extols the benefits of a man getting slightly soused before attempting to wax romantic with a woman: If maid or widow you would win, And wear your wished-for treasure, You'll find it best to fill your skin With just the proper measure. With less than that to feed your flame, You'll prove too cold a lover: While more might overshoot your aim; So woo her-half-seas over [Note: We provide this citation only to illustrate the manner in which this word was used in the 19th century and take no responsibility for any romantic endeavors gone awry due to the taking of the ditty's advice.

Photo: wikimedia. Definition: : a drinking party; especially : one following a banquet and providing music, singing, and conversation About the Word: Symposium is typically used today to describe a meeting of experts or a published collection of articles on a subject, but the word was first used in English to describe a sort of drinking party.

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