'Oot yer tree': 30 uniquely Scottish words to describe being drunk - and their origin
If you live in Scotland - or have Scottish relatives - then you will probably have heard these words being used before.
By Rosalind Erskine
20th Sep 2019, 4:37pm
Our country’s reputation for drinking has a vocabulary to match, with many words to describe being worse for wear. But where do these terms originate? The North-east of Scotland provides plenty of Doric terms for those “awa’ wi’ it” or “stoatin’ aboot”, and some are shared with the North of England and Ireland. Here we look at 30 words that describe being drunk...
Scots for wandering aimlessly, which often describes how a drunk person will act.
In the early 20th century steamboat travel was popular and steaming originated from this time, referring to people who ended up drunk on the steamboats - hence steaming drunk which evolved into steamboats.
In Scottish English, 'ming' is an old word for a bad smell, but - like other Scottish words - can be used to describe a drunk person, a term that has been in use since the early 20th century.