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The Drinker's Dictionary | How Booze Built America

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  1. wittenacious

    wittenacious Active Member

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  2. wittenacious

    wittenacious Active Member

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    Mike Rowe does a great job of delivering Benjamin Franklin's various ways/ coined expressions for "describing a state of drunkenness" / "to make the case for booze." I imagine that many of our members here know a whole lot more ways of describing/promoting the case for beer/drinking that they've come across since. :D

    Rowe says, "Ben Franklin also said, 'Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy.'" Don't know about that, but apparently that was a Ben Franklin quote.



    Enjoy.
  3. Sam I Am

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    If I weren't among the Philippains, I would agree. ;) :D
  4. Sam I Am

    Sam I Am Unfriendly and Aloof!

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    Okay, my last post was before I finished the video. Now tell me how this video defines how Booze built America?
  5. wittenacious

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    You're one of the most clever posters we have... I mean that seriously. When you say, "Philippains" ... is that a play on "Philippians?" More like Philistines where you're at. :D

    I'm not a big drinker, myself, but I like Mike Rowe and kinda thought it was funny how many ways Benjamin Franklin referred to beer drinking... heck, drinking in general... with 200+ coined expressions for drunkeness/ making a case for booze.

    I thought the video was worth watching because of Mike's fun reading of Franklin's descriptions:


    Ben Franklin's list was originally published in the Pennsylvania Gazette on January 6, 1737:

    A
    He is Addled,
    He’s casting up his Accounts,
    He’s Afflicted,
    He’s in his Airs.
    B
    He’s Biggy,
    Bewitch’d,
    Block and Block,
    Boozy,
    Bowz’d,
    Been at Barbadoes,
    Piss’d in the Brook,
    Drunk as a Wheel-Barrow,
    Burdock’d,
    Buskey,
    Buzzey,
    Has Stole a Manchet out of the Brewer’s Basket,
    His Head is full of Bees,
    Has been in the Bibbing Plot,
    Has drank more than he has bled,
    He’s Bungey,
    As Drunk as a Beggar,
    He sees the Bears,
    He’s kiss’d black Betty,
    He’s had a Thump over the Head with Sampson’s Jawbone,
    He’s Bridgey.
    C
    He’s Cat,
    Cagrin’d,
    Capable,
    Cramp’d,
    Cherubimical,
    Cherry Merry,
    Wamble Crop’d,
    Crack’d,
    Concern’d,
    Half Way to Concord,
    Has taken a Chirriping-Glass,
    Got Corns in his Head,
    A Cup to much,
    Coguy,
    Copey,
    He’s heat his Copper,
    He’s Crocus,
    Catch’d,
    He cuts his Capers,
    He’s been in the Cellar,
    He’s in his Cups,
    Non Compos,
    ****’d,
    Curv’d,
    Cut,
    Chipper,
    Chickery,
    Loaded his Cart,
    He’s been too free with the Creature,
    Sir Richard has taken off his Considering Cap,
    He’s Chap-fallen,
    D
    He’s Disguiz’d,
    He’s got a Dish,
    Kill’d his Dog,
    Took his Drops,
    It is a Dark Day with him,
    He’s a Dead Man,
    Has Dipp’d his Bill,
    He’s Dagg’d,
    He’s seen the Devil,
    E
    He’s Prince Eugene,
    Enter’d,
    Wet both Eyes,
    **** Ey’d,
    Got the Pole Evil,
    Got a brass Eye,
    Made an Example,
    He’s Eat a Toad & half for Breakfast.
    In his Element,
    F
    He’s Fishey,
    Fox’d,
    Fuddled,
    Sore Footed,
    Frozen,
    Well in for’t,
    Owes no Man a Farthing,
    Fears no Man,
    Crump Footed,
    Been to France,
    Flush’d,
    Froze his Mouth,
    Fetter’d,
    Been to a Funeral,
    His Flag is out,
    Fuzl’d,
    Spoke with his Friend,
    Been at an Indian Feast.
    G
    He’s Glad,
    Groatable,
    Gold-headed,
    Glaiz’d,
    Generous,
    Booz’d the Gage,
    As Dizzy as a Goose,
    Been before George,
    Got the Gout,
    Had a Kick in the Guts,
    Been with Sir John Goa,
    Been at Geneva,
    Globular,
    Got the Glanders.
    H
    Half and Half,
    Hardy,
    Top Heavy,
    Got by the Head,
    Hiddey,
    Got on his little Hat,
    Hammerish,
    Loose in the Hilts,
    Knows not the way Home,
    Got the Hornson,
    Haunted with Evil Spirits,
    Has Taken Hippocrates grand Elixir,
    I
    He’s Intoxicated,

    J
    Jolly,
    Jagg’d,
    Jambled,
    Going to Jerusalem,
    Jocular,
    Been to Jerico,
    Juicy.
    K
    He’s a King,
    Clips the King’s English,
    Seen the French King,
    The King is his Cousin,
    Got Kib’d Heels,
    Knapt,
    Het his Kettle.
    L
    He’s in Liquor,
    Lordly,
    He makes Indentures with his Leggs,
    Well to Live,
    Light,
    Lappy,
    Limber,
    M
    He sees two Moons,
    Merry,
    Middling,
    Moon-Ey’d,
    Muddled,
    Seen a Flock of Moons,
    Maudlin,
    Mountous,
    Muddy,
    Rais’d his Monuments,
    Mellow,
    N
    He’s eat the Cocoa Nut,
    Nimptopsical,
    Got the Night Mare,
    O
    He’s Oil’d,
    Eat Opium,
    Smelt of an Onion,
    Oxycrocium,
    Overset,
    P
    He drank till he gave up his Half-Penny,
    Pidgeon Ey’d,
    Pungey,
    Priddy,
    As good conditioned as a Puppy,
    Has scalt his Head Pan,
    Been among the Philistines,
    In his Prosperity,
    He’s been among the Philippians,
    He’s contending with Pharaoh,
    Wasted his Paunch,
    He’s Polite,
    Eat a Pudding Bagg,
    Q
    He’s Quarrelsome,
    R
    He’s Rocky,
    Raddled,
    Rich,
    Religious,
    Lost his Rudder,
    Ragged,
    Rais’d,
    Been too free with Sir Richard,
    Like a Rat in Trouble.
    S
    He’s Stitch’d,
    Seafaring,
    In the Sudds,
    Strong,
    Been in the Sun,
    As Drunk as David’s Sow,
    Swampt,
    His Skin is full,
    He’s Steady,
    He’s Stiff,
    He’s burnt his Shoulder,
    He’s got his Top Gallant Sails out,
    Seen the yellow Star,
    As Stiff as a Ring-bolt,
    Half Seas over,
    His Shoe pinches him,
    Staggerish,
    It is Star-light with him,
    He carries too much Sail,
    Stew’d
    Stubb’d,
    Soak’d,
    Soft,
    Been too free with Sir John Strawberry,
    He’s right before the Wind with all his Studding Sails out,
    Has Sold his Senses.
    T
    He’s Top’d,
    Tongue-ty’d,
    Tann’d,
    Tipium Grove,
    Double Tongu’d,
    Topsy Turvey,
    Tipsey,
    Has Swallow’d a Tavern Token,
    He’s Thaw’d,
    He’s in a Trance,
    He’s Trammel’d,
    V
    He makes Virginia Fence,
    Valiant,
    Got the Indian Vapours,
    W
    The Malt is above the Water,
    He’s Wise,
    He’s Wet,
    He’s been to the Salt Water,
    He’s Water-soaken,
    He’s very Weary,
    Out of the Way.


    Source for list, in type: http://twentytwowords.com/2010/12/17/200-synonyms-for-drunk-from-benjamin-franklin/
  6. wittenacious

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    "How Booze Built America" is the title of the Discovery Channel TV-show and the title of the YouTube video I posted. Lots of Discovery videos here, featuring Mike Rowe:

    Discovery HBBA: http://dsc.discovery.com/tv-shows/how-booze-built-america/videos
  7. Sam I Am

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    Thanks! I also try to be the most cleaver! :chop:

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