It turns out Inuits don't have 100 words for snow (just 50, in fact) but we Brits do certainly have a lot for "imbibing a few too many sherbets." Here's 10 of the best.




1. Brahms and Liszt
A cockney rhyming slang term to suggest you might be a little worse for wear. Usually used in its shortened form: "went dahn the rubber and got a bit Brahms" (rubber = rub-a-dub = pub, for those of you not born within the sound of the Bow Bells).


2. In one's cups
Appearing in print for the first time in 1611 — in the King James Bible, no less — the phrase refers to the vessel from which one is drinking, of course. Originally it meant merely to be having a drink, rather than in the "dribbling on the bouncer" stage of inebriation.


3. Whisky frisky
Whisky makes you frisky, apparently. Gin makes you sin. We know which one we'd rather be drinking based on that.



4. Tight as a boiled owl
Buzzfeed lists this as one of the "21 Victorian slang terms it's high time we revived," and we can only agree. So committed to the cause are we, in fact, that this is the second time in five months we've drawn attention to the phrase.




5. Admiral of the narrow seas
A very old nautical term this one and, if the 1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue is to be believed, it refers to a very specific sort of drunk. The kind that vomits into the lap of the person sitting opposite.


6. Soused
To souse something is to drench or saturate it, and in food terms, "soused" refers to pickled things, such as herring. So it's no surprise really that it's also become a term for someone who's had one too many sherbets.




7. Pie-eyed
That blank, wide-eyed look that afflicts many at a certain point in proceedings and which, some say, resembles the lid of a pie, hence the term's use here.


8. Tired and emotional
We bet you're all familiar with this one — but what you might not know is that it comes from satirical rag Private Eye, which used it in 1967 as part of a spoof memo describing the state of Labour cabinet minister George Brown.


9. Squiffy
Meaning only slightly drunk ("only half a glass of sherry and I feel a bit squiffy already!") there is some mystery around the origins of this term. The most likely explanation seems to be that it is related to "skew-whiff," meaning crooked, or askew, which is as good an explanation of being tipsy as we've come across.


10. Shit-faced
Sometimes, you've just got to tell it like it is.


And if you have had too much to drink, why not try out of our tried and tested* hangover cures.

*Only some of them. Number 2 did not appeal...