Nehama (med_cat) wrote in 1word1day,
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Friday phrases, from Benjamin Franklin

I have recently read Mark Forsyth's Horologicon, which I highly recommend, btw.

In the book, he mentioned that Benjamin Franklin had compiled a list of terms for drunkenness, and all of them are listed in one of the appendices; since it's vacation season, and some people like to have a drink or two, I thought you might enjoy seeing some of the phrases from the list.

He's addled, been at Barbadoes, has a head full of bees, has had a thump over the head with Samson's jaw-bone, has been at war with his brains, has been catching the cat, has been to France, has been before George, has been at Geneva, has been to see Robin Goodfellow, has taken Hippocrates' grand Elixir, going to Jericho, an indirect man, going to Jamaica, going to Jerusalem, is a king, clips the King's English, has seen the French King, has salt in his headban, has been among the Philistines, is friends with Philip, contending with Pharaoh, has lost his rudder, eat too much pumpkin, has been too far with Sir Richard, is like a rat in trouble, has got out his topgallant sails, seen the dog-star, has made too free with Sir John Strawberry, has swallowed a tavern token, is pot valiant.
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