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Wednesday, 20 March, 2002, 18:03 GMT
141 words for 'drunk'
For three years the E-cyclopedia has been charting the use and abuse of particular words behind the news headlines.

Now as part of our ongoing mission to reflect the diversity of the English language, here is a glossary of 141 euphemisms for just being drunk, suggested by the audience of BBC One's Booze programme.

You are free to add any more suggestions. Place names in brackets indicate a particular local usage. Potentially offensive words have been weeded out.

drunk,• adj, euphemisms include:

Ankled (Bristol)

Badgered, Banjaxed, Battered, Befuggered, Bernard Langered, Bladdered, Blasted, Blathered, Bleezin, Blitzed, Blootered, Blottoed, Bluttered, Boogaloo, Brahms & Liszt, Buckled, Burlin

Cabbaged, Chevy Chased, Clobbered

Decimated, Dot Cottoned, Druck-steaming, Drunk as a Lord, Drunk as a skunk


Fecked, Fleemered (Germany), Four to the floor

Gatted, Goosed, Got my beer goggles on, Guttered (Inverness)

Had a couple of shickers, Hammer-blowed, Hammered, Hanging, Having the whirlygigs, Howling

Inebriated, Intoxicated

Jahalered, Jaiked up (West of Scotland), Jan'd - abbrev for Jan Hammered, Jaxied, Jeremied, Jolly


Lagged up, Lamped, Langered (Ireland) [also langers, langerated], Laroped, or alt. larrupt, Lashed, Leathered, Legless, Liquored up (South Carolina), Locked, Locked out of your mind (Ireland), Loo la

Mad wey it, Mandoo-ed, Mangled, Manky, Mashed, Meff'd, Merl Haggard, Merry, Minced, Ming-ho, Minging, Moired, Monged, Monkey-full, Mottled, Mullered

Newcastled, Nicely irrigated with horizontal lubricant

Off me pickle, Off me trolley, On a campaign, Out of it, Out yer tree

Paggered, Palintoshed, Paraletic, Peelywally, Peevied, Pickled, Pie-eyed, Pished, Plastered, Poleaxed, Pollatic

Rat-legged (Stockport), Ratted, Ravaged, Razzled, Reek-ho, Rendered, Rosy glow, Rubbered, Ruined

Saying hello to Mr Armitage, Scattered, Schindlers, Screwed, Scuttered (Dublin), Shedded [as in " My shed has collapsed taking most of the fence with it"], Slaughtered, Sloshed, Smashed, Snatered (Ireland), Snobbled (Wales), Sozzled, Spangled, Spannered, Spiffed, Spongelled, Squiffy, Steamin, Steampigged, Stocious, Stonkin

Tanked, Tashered, Tipsy, Trashed, Trollied, Troubled, Trousered, Twisted

Warped, Wasted, Wellied, With the fairies, Wrecked


If you don't know when you've had enough, you can submit more euphemisms using the form below.

Reader Monica from LA adds: I am from Yorkshire - we use a phrase for drunk - "ganted". Thank you for expanding my vocabularly on a very important subject. And I thought the Inuit were clever to have several words for snow.

Reader Laura McMahon adds: Ming mong (Falkirk)

Reader Rona adds: Gubbed. And Fleein'. Best Scottish words there are!!

Reader Martin adds: Michael Fished

Reader Iain from Scotland adds: Troattered and Muntit

Reader Alex from Australia adds: Got my wobbly boots on, Having a close look at the footpath, Predicting earthquakes.

Reader Brendan Barrett adds: Floothered (West of Ireland)

Reader Phill Bowley adds: Barryed, Lutoned, Schnooked (American, Buttoned, Kippered

Reader Tony Gerstel adds: Tired and emotional

Reader Tim, UK, adds: Thora-Hirded

Reader Leon, Wales, adds: Full of Loud Mouth Soup

Reader Stephen Dorff adds: "Had a couple of shickers" is interesting, as "shicker" is an old Yiddish word for "drunk"(either adjective, adverb or noun)

Reader Tim Cooper adds: Might I suggest a similar compendium of terms describing the final step in the drinking process - i.e. vomiting? The classic English expressions are I suppose "Calling God on the great white telephone" (Oh Goooooooooooowwwwwwwwddddddd!), "Producing a pavement pizza" etc. But perhaps the most interesting are those translated from other languages such as "Driving the big truck home" (Danish - Imagine extending your arms to encompass a truck-sized steering wheel and holding your head over the resulting hole) and "Freeing the peacock" (Polish)

Reader Will Backhouse adds: Phalanxed has to be an all time classic

Reader Tim Nelson adds: Williamed. No idea where it comes from, but we used to use that word in Belfast.

Reader Helen Craven adds: As heard on Call My Bluff many years ago, and not forgotten - 'Muckibus'.

Reader B. Binky adds: Didn't Montgomery Burns refer once to being crapulent?

Reader Rebecca, Essex, adds: Getting absolutely Moulin Rouged. Or off my Woo.

Reader Graham, UK, adds: Jober as a Sudge Reader Al Peterson, US, adds: Oblonctorated

Reader Christian, England, adds: Balearicsed.

Reader Bob Gaspardino adds: Schnockered

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