From ancient mead-halls to modern pubs and clubs, it seems mankind has always enjoyed drinking – but the way we talk about alcohol has changed a lot over the centuries.
Whereas once the words ‘drunken’ and ‘inebriated’ sufficed to describe over-indulging, now we resort to elaborate euphemisms such as ‘squiffy’, ‘blotto’ and ‘wasted’.
And in addition to modern slang for drinking, there are a host of now obsolete words once used to describe a heavy binge – the likes of ‘bumpsy’, ‘suckey’ and ‘hit under the wing’.
Can’t recall who it was but the son of a reader here has a routine. To show that you can take pretty much any noun in the language and turn it into a euphemism for being drunk. And people will understand it.
“I got completely trolleyed last night” works anyway. But “I got lawnmowered”, “tractored” and so on and on works just as well.