A timeline of drunk synonyms
In the timeline above, explore how the English language has developed over time through the lens of a crucial social function: the consumption of alcohol. Taken from David Crystal’s book Words in Time and Place, which is based on research in the Historical Thesaurus of the Oxford English Dictionary, the timeline covers over 35 drunk synonyms, including information about the words such as etymology, use in popular phrases, and notable historical citations.
Starting with the drunken and fordrunken in Old English (c1200), the timeline shifts forward to cup-shotten and drunk in the mid-14th century, and from there sees a steady stream of synonyms before arriving at an explosion of synonyms in the early 19th century. Along with familiar drunk terms, such as bombed and pissed, you will also find less common words like cock-eyed, schnockered, and paralytic. Let’s explore these drunk synonyms!
Crystal’s book also discusses the historical synonyms surrounding the topics of spacecraft, noses, inns and hotels, and money.
Read more about the Historical Thesaurus of the Oxford English Dictionary or explore further details about Words in Time and Place.