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'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.

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...

First known use to describe being drunk was in the 60s.

5. Blitzed

First known use to describe being drunk was in the 60s.
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Tanked refers to the drunk tank - a jail cell or separate place to keep drunk people until they sobered up.

6. Tanked-up

Tanked refers to the drunk tank - a jail cell or separate place to keep drunk people until they sobered up.
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This phrase dates from around 1900 and comes from the wide-eyed stare of a drunk person - with eyes as wide and blank as the top of a pie.

7. Pie-eyed

This phrase dates from around 1900 and comes from the wide-eyed stare of a drunk person - with eyes as wide and blank as the top of a pie.
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To do something clumsily or haphazardly, slang for drunk since the early 20th century.

8. Sloshed

To do something clumsily or haphazardly, slang for drunk since the early 20th century.
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