Mr. Ben Franklin on How We Live.

under the pseudonym Mrs. Silence Dogwood, Ben Franklin writes to the Pennsylvania Gazette (although i was under the impression it had been to The New England Courant) a teetotaling (in all likelihood sardonic) compendium of contemporary (late 1700s) idioms for drunkenness.

some of my favourites:

been to France
confoundedly cut
clips the king’s English
contending with pharaoh
the malt is above the water
been too free with the creature
had a thump over the head with Samson’s jawbone

and of course,

got on his little hat.

get ready to be annoyed by me trying to incorporate these into my quotidian vernacular.


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