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July 9th, 2009
Bottoms Up!

Thursday Thirteen

My Thursday Thirteen today is inspired by the Drinking and Drunkenness section of Marc McCutcheon’s Building Believable Characters. (And it had nothing whatsoever to do with my grump in the previous post!)

Thirteen Drink Related Descriptions and Symptoms

1. Inebriated
2. Tipsy
3. Stagger
4. Excessive
5. Swill
6. Soused
7. Pickled
8. Giddy
9. Stupor
10. Headache
11. Double Vision
12. Brawl
13. Guzzle

If you wanted to describe a drunken hero or a tipsy heroine which words would you choose?

27 comments to “Bottoms Up!”

  1. All of which will be used at some point to recant the events of the RWA convention LOL’ Fun list! Happy T13!

  2. whooshhh!!

    Happy TT

    13 Breath-taking Moments

  3. Happy Thursday, Shel.

  4. Glad I’m not there right now :)
    Happy Thursday!

  5. Slurping –water here in HOT HOT Texas

  6. soused is my fave!!

    happy tt! please visit mine!

  7. I believe I’ve used ALL of these terms. I also used “Shwacked”which is just a weird term I’ve heard. Also “Lit”.

  8. Knowing me, and my editor, I’d end up describing the drunkenness in excruciating detail.

  9. When I was growing up my Grandma used the expression “three sheets to the wind” for someone who was drunk. I have no idea how that relates to being drunk or the origin of the expression.

  10. Those are all great! I’d probably use tipsy!


    My TT is at

  11. I love “pickled”.
    Happy T13! Hugs.

  12. Hmm. Let’s see. How about “blotto” or “pixilated” ? Happy TT!

  13. I’d probably use sh*tfaced. It’s a personal favorite of mine, LOL.

  14. An appropriate list, considering the number of people preparing to leave for RWA National.

  15. Hi Shelley,

    I have that same book and found it really useful.

    Happy TT.

  16. I’ve used sh*tfaced, pissed and feeling no pain for a few characters.
    Fun idea for a list.
    Happy T13 :)

  17. Jennifer – I haven’t heard either of those terms before.

    Alice – LOL – me, too. I think detail is good.

  18. Lucinda – I’ve heard that expression used as well. I have no idea where it came from either.

    Paige – my grandmother used to say – tipsy. My father used to use the word shicker when it came to drunks. I’ve no idea where that came from.

  19. Brenda – I’ve heard blotto used but pixated is a new one to me.

    Maya – Yep, it says it all really! :mrgreen:

    Heather – I wish I was going to Nationals.

  20. Janice – Marc’s book is excellent. I use it all the time.

    Babette – all very good descriptions. I’ve used a few of them in my time.

  21. I’m not allowed to have those types of drinks at the moment but I’ll have to keep that list in mind when I’m allowed again. Some of those words are very interesting…

  22. Seems like so long ago – oh wait it has been. Great list.

  23. Sloshed? Wiped? Hammered? Juiced? Intoxicated? A zombie? Bombed? Out of it?

    Jeesh. And I don’t even drink!

    Good luck!

  24. Lauren – no, you shouldn’t be drinking at the moment. :grin:

    Pamela LOL – thanks for stopping by.

    Elaine – hammered is a good decription. A zombie too. I’ve just read a book with zombies in it so this one made me laugh.

  25. I found this site on the internet that tells the origin of that expression. It’s a nautical saying:

  26. Thanks for that, Lucinda. I thought that sheets must be the sails. Now I know better!

  27. Heh. Just finished reading an old Nora Roberts that has the funniest “drunk” scene in it that I’ve ever read. I don’t think the descriptive words are so important as getting the action right…and she certainly did that.