He Sees The Bears

by Bryan

From this:

The habit has traveled with the language: in America, in particular, English speakers have sought to expand the range of euphemisms for inebriation. In January 1736, Benjamin Franklin published “a new Piece, lately communicated to me, entitled the DRINKERS DICTIONARY” in the Philadelphia Gazette, which offered 228 “distant round-about phrases,” culled from the taverns of the town, which were understood “to signify plainly that A MAN IS DRUNK.” My favorites include the following:

“He sees the Bears”

“He’s got his Top Gallant Sails out”

“He’s kiss’d black Betty”

“He’s Eat a Toad & half for Breakfast”

“Been too free with Sir Richard”

“Nimptopsical”

“Trammel’d”

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