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Eat words, drink 'em and be merry!

December 15, 2019

'Tis the season to be jolly, a delicious word for my favourite state.


In honour of jollity (joviality, jocundity, or jocosity if you prefer)

allow me to offer obscure words for verbivores to eat, drink and make merry with this Christmas.


And there's a drunken parlour game at the end. Wassail!




festical: an old Sussex word for a feast


peg-away: to eat or drink voraciously


manducation: the act of eating


gulosity: greed in eating


burnish: to grow fat 





bumboo: ‘a mysterious compound of spirituous liquors’ 


huckle-my-buff: beer, eggs and brandy


husser-and-squencher: a pot of beer with a dram of gin in it


flip: beer, rum, and sugar, heated with a red-hot iron


stingo: strong ale


heavy wet: strong ale mixed with porter



And be merry


fresh: not quite drunk, but rather noisy


concerned in liquor: drunk


curious: unsteadily drunk



There are thousands of English language terms for inebriation...more here.



Bonus parlour game [parlour not included]


There are so many things we could be as drunk as that guessing them, or  - even better - making new ones up, ought to be Christmas parlour games. I’ll leave that with you. Enjoy.


Are you as drunk as...?


A lord


A judge


A sailor


A beggar


Chloe (said to refer to a nude portrait)


A piper


A fiddler


A fiddler’s whippet (I treacled this one up a bit)


An owl


A boiled owl


David’s sow (any sow will do, but David's had six legs) 


A ship’s cat


A monkey


A skunk


A newt


A mouse


A fish


A wheelbarrow


A handcart


Sin itself


Hell (or Hull)


A fart in a vacuum cleaner (found online, therefore true)


A [insert national stereotype]


A [insert favourite sweary word]


A pickled egg (I made that one up)



Wishing all a jolly Christmas filled with delicious words - here's a festive Victorian jellyfish.



Main art: Carl Larsson's A Christmas Eve via Wikimedia Commons




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