Ben Franklin’s 220 Euphemism For Drunk

Pop Quiz: Which of America’s Founding Fathers created over 200 euphemistic terms for drunkeness? Here’s a hint: Which founding father was a famous partier? The answer of course is Benjamin Franklin. Yes, Franklin was a well known imbiber (and probably the first spokesperson for Sam Adam’s beer), so naturally he would be interested in creating several clever ways to indicate that someone was “contending with Pharaoh.” In 1737 Franklin published his 220 drunken euphemisms in the Pennsylvania Gazette and believe me, they are a hoot. So, head over to mental_floss to read the full list. However, if you’ve “had a Thump over the Head with Sampson’s Jawbone” and are too “overset” to read the list, check out this video crated by comedy troupe I Made America in which Keith Habersberger recites all 220 phrases. Have a good weekend, and make sure to watch out for anyone whose “Head is full of Bees.”

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About Michael Darling
Collector of the interesting and absurd.

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