Friday, January 24, 2014

Ben Franklin's Synonyms For Drunk (Of The Day)

From Mental Floss.
Says Mr. Franklin: "The Phrases in this Dictionary are not (like most of our Terms of Art) borrow'd from Foreign Languages, neither are they collected from the Writings of the Learned in our own, but gather'd wholly from the modern Tavern-Conversation of Tiplers. I do not doubt but that there are many more in use; and I was even tempted to add a new one my self under the Letter B, to wit, Brutify'd: But upon Consideration, I fear'd being guilty of Injustice to the Brute Creation, if I represented Drunkenness as a beastly Vice, since, 'tis well-known, that the Brutes are in general a very sober sort of People."


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
Cock'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
Cock 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
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





2 comments:

  1. Based on that list it would appear Mr. Franklin spent a LOT of time in taverns! I knew I liked him. :)

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  2. "Been too free with Sir Richard" sounds more like he's gonna catch VD or get busted by the cops for public lewdness.

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