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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!

 


Eat

 

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 

 

 

Drink

 

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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