Anybody can get drunk, but can you get whiskey friskey or blotto? Discover the difference in Paul Dickson's recently released Drunk: The Definitive Drinker's Dictionary.
Dickson, the Guinness World Record Holder for collecting the most synonyms for any word in the English language, offers up his knowledge via an illustrated compendium of at least 2,964 terms that all roughly translate to "drunk."
The Los Angeles Times took a look inside the booze guidebook, which combines lists, illustrated synonyms and historical or pop culture references when they're applicable:
The book, which includes long stretches of unadorned lists of synonyms -- from deformed to dipped in the wassail bowl, from Count Drunkula to cross-eyed -- is illustrated by Brian Rea in a series of sketches with an appropriately sideways sensibility. The image on the cover is of a
plain bar stool, tipping over.
It's worth a peek if only to be able to learn say you were off your pickle or talking to Earl on the big white phone last night. That's a much more interesting text message than : I wuz 2 drunk last nite !!!
If you don't feel like visiting a book store or dropping a $20 at Amazon, there are plenty of lists online, such as the ones at Sober.org or Urban Dictionary.
If you get inspired, Dickson is taking new suggestions in an effort to
continually improve on his existing world record. You can add
your own synonyms here.
[Image via Flickr: Pennington]