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Unreserved Wine Talk

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The Unreserved Wine Talk podcast features candid conversations with the most fascinating people in the wine world. Your host, award-winning journalist Natalie MacLean, dives into how it feels to compete in the nerve-wracking World's Best Sommelier Competition, the shadowy underground of wine forgery… read more


110: Drunken Adjectives: A Fuzzy Vine-acular

Are there really that many different descriptors for inebriation? What's the origin of drunken euphemisms like "three sheets to the wind"? Why does our language go from getting hammered at college dorm parties to more mature sentiments like "feeling no pain"?

In this episode of the Unreserved Wine Talk podcast, I'm sharing the interesting and surprisingly vast vocabulary that describes the things we do, say and feel when we've had a little too much.

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  • What descriptors for overindulgence might have you thinking of food instead?
  • How does our drunken behaviour lend itself to immature and animal-like labels?
  • Which more macabre adjectives might remind you of the excess that comes with college parties?
  • What old-timey predecessors can you find for these drunken adjectives?
  • How can you describe the more mellow inebriation you've matured into?
  • Would you find different descriptors for intoxication when it comes to women versus men?
  • What meaning do you find behind euphemisms from the past?
  • Which colourful phrases do other cultures and languages use to refer to intoxication?
  • What are some of the stories you'd find at the heart of our alcohol-rich language?



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