Intoxerated: The Definitive Drinker's Dictionary

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Melville House, 2012 - Humor - 207 pages
A smart, hilarious, and lavishly illustrated guide to the most euphemised word in the English language: Drunk

A record-breaking assemblage of 2,964 different ways to say "drunk." Tipsy, roasted, three sheets, whazooed and Boris Yeltsinned are just the beginning....With an introduction by the wise-guy lexicographer himself, Paul Dickson, and illustrations by renowned artist Brian Rea.

Dickson, who holds the Guiness World Record for collecting the most words for being, er, not sober, not only provides a dictionary of those words, but reveals why there are so many synonyms for being "drunk," and how he came to collect more of them than anyone else.

The terms are annotated, too, and lushly illustrated, explaining the twist and turns of a language that has thousands of ways to say the same thing. How, for example, does a word like "blotto" go from the lips of P.G. Wodehouse, into the writings of Edmund Wilson, before landing with Otto from The Simpson's ("My name is Otto, I like to get blotto").
 

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Contents

Section 1
7
Section 2
13
Section 3
20
Section 4
79
Section 5
92
Section 6
110
Section 7
131
Section 8
144
Section 9
145
Section 10
170
Section 11
187
Section 12
191
Section 13
205
Section 14
207
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About the author (2012)

PAUL DICKSON is the author of more than 47 nonfiction books and hundreds of magazine articles. Although he has written on a variety of subjects from ice cream to kite flying to electronic warfare, he now concentrates on writing about the American language, baseball and 20th century history. His most recent titles include The Dickson Baseball Dictionary, Sputnik- The Shock of the Centuryand Slang- A Topical Dictionary of Americanisms.

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