Paul Dickson, a consulting editor at Merriam-Webster, has long held the record for collecting the “Most Synonyms” for any term in the English language. He made the Guinness Book of World Records with 2,231 terms meaning “drunk”—beating out Benjamin Franklin, who published his own list (The Drinker’s Dictionary) in 1736. But records are made to be broken. Enter Drunk, wherein Dickson breaks his own record by a mile with 2,964 terms for tipsy, blitzed, roasted, on the sauce, whazood, whiskey frisky and Boris Yelstinned.
Hardcover. 208 pages.