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THE DEFINITIVE DRINKER’S DICTIONARY

PA U L D I C K S O N I L L U S T R AT E D B Y B R I A N R E A

MELVILLE HOUSE BROOKLYN • LONDON


© 2009, 2012 Paul Dickson Illustrations © 2009 Brian Rea Previously published as Drunk in 2009 Melville House Publishing 145 Plymouth Street Brooklyn, NY 11201 www.mhpbooks.com ISBN: 978-1-61219-143-0 First Melville House Printing: September 2012 Book design: Kelly Blair Manufactured in the United States of America 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 The Library of Congress cataloged the original hardcover edition as follows: Dickson, Paul. Drunk : the definitve drinker’s dictionary / by Paul Dickson. p. cm. Includes bibliographical references. ISBN 978-1-933633-75-6 1. Drinking of alcoholic beverages--Dictionaries. 2. Drinking of alcoholic beverages--Quotations, maxims, etc. 3. Drinking of alcoholic beverages-Miscellanea. 4. Drinking of alcoholic beverages in literature. I. Title. PN56.D8D53 2009 394.1’303--dc22 2009028423


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GETTING TO 3,000 In the brief time since the first edition of this book a list of new synonyms have managed to be coined or re-discovered. Adding these to the earlier list brings the total to 2,985 synonyms for various states of intoxication, up from 2,964 in the last edition and a vast improvement from my original 1983 compilation of 2,231—which allowed me to become a recordholder in the Guinness Book of World Records for the most synonyms for a single word. I believe we can reach my ultimate goal of 3,000 in the not too distant future. Once this is attained, I will be able to turn my full attention to the Annotated Registry of Ice Cream Flavors. —Paul Dickson Here are the latest additions to the Intoxerated list: Baloobas Bartuned: As if one’s head is lying on the bar to hear it better. Buffing the floor: As in, “He was buffing the floor.” Overheard at a Brooklyn, NY art opening. Creamolated: As in, “He was totally creamolated.” Doing an/the elephant: “When you sit at the end of the bar


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and get so inebriated that you fall forward onto the bar, with one hand hanging over the edge like an elephant trunk.” (Heard in Bar 68, Dumbo, Brooklyn, New York) Flapjacked: From Tom Wolfe’s novel I Am Charlotte Simmons. In the horrors Intoxerated: A coinage blending intoxicated + inebriated. It is the sole term created by the compiler and is used for the title of this edition of the list. Making Virginia fences: Discussing rural Virginia landscapes during the era of Thomas Jefferson, Alan Pell Crawford observed in Twilight at Monticello: The Final Years of Thomas Jefferson, “The fences that enclosed these farmlands and kept livestock from wandering off were constructed in a zigzag arrangement so haphazard that New Englanders made a joke of it: when a man was drunk, they would say he was ‘making Virginia fences.’” Mellowed as casks Moroculous Perved Schwasted Skinko Slizzered Smiling as the grass: Common Australian term—it appears, for example, in The Adventures of Barry McKenzie by Barry Humphries. Stiffer than a new broom Stiffer’n a goat with rigor mortis: From The Patriot Game by George V. Higgins, 1982. Watering the tonsils: Found in Australian mystery writer Peter Temple’s Bad Debts. Well potted Wroughted


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