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Benjamin Franklin’s 200+ Synonyms for "Drunk"

Noted founding father Benjamin Franklin published a list of different ways we refer to someone as drunk in the Pennsylvania Gazette on January 6, 1737. Franklin said he collected these phrases at -what else- a tavern. Here are just a few: Got the Indian Vapours, Topsy Turvey, As Drunk as David’s Sow, He’s got his Top Gallant Sails out, Seen [...]

Ben Franklin’s 200+ Synonyms for “Drunk”

Yesterday we ran a quiz titled “Monty Python Phrase or Ben Franklin Synonym for Drunk?” The quiz referred to Franklin’s lengthy list of expressions meaning “inebriated” that he first published in the Pennsylvania Gazette on January 6, 1737. People must be tired of using the same old terms when describing their wasted friends, because we’ve received [...]