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Question: When inebriated do you say "pissed" or "wasted"
I'm pissed - 2 (1.9%)
I'm wasted - 80 (74.1%)
Both - 2 (1.9%)
Neither - 16 (14.8%)
I'm not American so my vote doesn't count - 8 (7.4%)
Total Voters: 108

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« on: October 16, 2008, 12:02:46 AM »

My American roommate claims that Americans don't use the term "pissed" when describing people who are drunk.  He says they only use it for when people are angry.  I say he's full of it.  If you're American, what do you say?
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« Reply #1 on: October 16, 2008, 12:04:32 AM »

Quote from: Canuck on October 16, 2008, 12:02:46 AM

My American roommate claims that Americans don't use the term "pissed" when describing people who are drunk.  He says they only use it for when people are angry.  I say he's full of it.  If you're American, what do you say?

I think you're roommate is right....at least that's how I use it/understand it.
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« Reply #2 on: October 16, 2008, 12:08:25 AM »

Quote from: Canuck on October 16, 2008, 12:02:46 AM

My American roommate claims that Americans don't use the term "pissed" when describing people who are drunk.  He says they only use it for when people are angry.  I say he's full of it.  If you're American, what do you say?

I don't think I've ever called someone pissed.  I've called someone piss drunk, though.  Where does that fall?
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« Reply #3 on: October 16, 2008, 12:42:53 AM »

Quote from: Canuck on October 16, 2008, 12:02:46 AM

My American roommate claims that Americans don't use the term "pissed" when describing people who are drunk.  He says they only use it for when people are angry.  I say he's full of it.  If you're American, what do you say?

I say that I'm pissed off that you think he's full of it!  Tongue
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« Reply #4 on: October 16, 2008, 12:44:36 AM »

'Pissed' is a british/aussie saying, AFAIK - I've only heard it in the movies
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« Reply #5 on: October 16, 2008, 12:58:04 AM »

Quote from: Pyperkub on October 16, 2008, 12:44:36 AM

'Pissed' is a british/aussie saying, AFAIK - I've only heard it in the movies

Having lived in the UK, I can confirm this.  Plus, I've been pissed there several times.  slywink
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« Reply #6 on: October 16, 2008, 01:28:09 AM »

He's right; we say "wasted" in lieu of drunk, but saying "piss drunk" is normal to Americans too (or at least this one).
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« Reply #7 on: October 16, 2008, 01:32:37 AM »

I've only heard pissed mean drunk in Monty Python skits and songs by British bands, so I am going with wasted as being the American thing to say.
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« Reply #8 on: October 16, 2008, 02:16:23 AM »

Quote from: Fellstrike on October 16, 2008, 01:28:09 AM

He's right; we say "wasted" in lieu of drunk, but saying "piss drunk" is normal to Americans too (or at least this one).

Agreed.  I say wasted or piss drunk.  Not pissed.  I use pissed when I'm really angry about something.
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« Reply #9 on: October 16, 2008, 02:58:11 AM »

Sorry, Canuck.  Over here you can be "piss drunk," or even "piss ass drunk," but if you're "pissed" then there's no doubt that you're saying you're angry.
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« Reply #10 on: October 16, 2008, 03:06:27 AM »

I agree with my fellow Americans.
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« Reply #11 on: October 16, 2008, 03:09:54 AM »

If you're American and say "pissed" to mean "drunk", you are pretentious.
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« Reply #12 on: October 16, 2008, 03:17:57 AM »

Quote from: lildrgn on October 16, 2008, 03:09:54 AM

If you're American and say "pissed" to mean "drunk", you are pretentious.

Agreed.  The only people here who say it in that manner do it as a concious affectation. 
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« Reply #13 on: October 16, 2008, 03:26:24 AM »

I say drunk, because ya know, that's what it's called. Also pissed is when someone is fuming mad, not drunk.
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« Reply #14 on: October 16, 2008, 03:28:30 AM »

I have been besotted, into my cups, feeling a stiff breeze, three sheets to the wind, blasted, polluted, trashed, tanked, pickled, sloshed, snockered, inebriated, and just plain drunk. I don't think I've ever been "pissed." But I'm going to start now.
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« Reply #15 on: October 16, 2008, 03:30:19 AM »

As a penalty for being wrong, for 1 week you must eat real bacon and not that "it's actually ham but we'll call it bacon stuff." You must also give up poutine and apologize to the world on behalf of all Canadians for poutine.
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« Reply #16 on: October 16, 2008, 03:34:30 AM »

Quote from: cheeba on October 16, 2008, 03:30:19 AM

and apologize to the world on behalf of all Canadians for poutine.

Dude, I don't know what crack you are smoking, but poutine is awesome.  They can apologize for Celine Dion, but there is no apology needed for poutine.
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« Reply #17 on: October 16, 2008, 03:52:21 AM »

one person voted for 'I'm Pissed'.  WE GOT A TORY IN OUR MIDST BOYS!!!! time to break out the nooses!

I bet it was wonderpug.
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« Reply #18 on: October 16, 2008, 03:54:56 AM »

Quote from: The Grue on October 16, 2008, 03:34:30 AM

Dude, I don't know what crack you are smoking, but poutine is awesome.  They can apologize for Celine Dion, but there is no apology needed for poutine.
Celine Dion has long been an excellent source for comedy (NSFW). There is nothing funny about poutine.
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« Reply #19 on: October 16, 2008, 04:16:36 AM »

Quote from: CeeKay on October 16, 2008, 03:52:21 AM

one person voted for 'I'm Pissed'.  WE GOT A TORY IN OUR MIDST BOYS!!!! time to break out the nooses!

Quote from: The Grue on October 16, 2008, 03:34:30 AM

Quote from: cheeba on October 16, 2008, 03:30:19 AM

and apologize to the world on behalf of all Canadians for poutine.

Dude, I don't know what crack you are smoking, but poutine is awesome.  They can apologize for Celine Dion, but there is no apology needed for poutine.

I think we've found the traitor.
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« Reply #20 on: October 16, 2008, 06:32:42 AM »

I voted "Neither" but I believe it's more a generational thing there; although I know what people mean by "wasted," it is a bit more generic for me - you could be wasted on beer, or other substances (college in the 70's - you were more often wasted on those other substances.)  Back in the day when I could survive severe inebriation, it was called "bombed" or "blasted" or "plastered."  Ooh, I almost left out "sh*t-faced!"

And, yeah - sorry, but here in the USA, if you're pissed, you are in fact, really angry.

Great topic, though, lmao!  icon_twisted

PS... I only know of pissed as being drunk due to the already noted American "pissed drunk" and from my UK and Irish friends from FFXI, and the occasional British TV show.
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« Reply #21 on: October 16, 2008, 06:43:49 AM »

you son of a loaf! I'm not american, so I dont have a clue?! I'm sure there's something somwhree about racial slurs not being allowed in here!! ;-)

just kidding, but coincidentially, your roommate is right, even a non-american knows this ;-) As others have stated, its british to say "pissed" about being drunk...
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« Reply #22 on: October 16, 2008, 07:15:59 AM »



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Just kidding, we all love you Canuck. Really. It's just that you're epically wrong, that's all.
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« Reply #23 on: October 16, 2008, 08:16:56 AM »

Doh!! Well I'm pretty sure us Canadians use it relatively frequently.  I'll just conveniently forget I ever made this poll smile
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« Reply #24 on: October 16, 2008, 11:47:57 AM »

Quote from: Canuck on October 16, 2008, 08:16:56 AM

Doh!! Well I'm pretty sure us Canadians use it relatively frequently.  I'll just conveniently forget I ever made this poll smile

That's because Britain owned your butts (even if only a little) until 1982 when the Constitution Act kicked in.
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« Reply #25 on: October 16, 2008, 12:41:28 PM »

"pissed" means "very angry" in America-speak.
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« Reply #26 on: October 16, 2008, 02:13:04 PM »

Quote from: Canuck on October 16, 2008, 08:16:56 AM

Doh!! Well I'm pretty sure us Canadians use it relatively frequently.  I'll just conveniently forget I ever made this poll smile

I'm Canadian and I've heard "wasted" a lot (with the occassional "piss drunk") but "pissed" is normally only heard when saying someone is angry.  I'm a Newfie so I'm even more British than other Canadians so I think it's just Canuck.
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« Reply #27 on: October 16, 2008, 02:20:15 PM »

Great now my roommate has asked about the pooolll!!  This thread will self destruct in 10 seconds...
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« Reply #28 on: October 16, 2008, 02:57:12 PM »

This kind of communication breakdown has helped me directly.

When I first met my girlfriend I told her I was loaded.

It turns out she thought I meant "rich". biggrin
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« Reply #29 on: October 16, 2008, 03:12:18 PM »

Quote from: Canuck on October 16, 2008, 12:02:46 AM

My American roommate claims that Americans don't use the term "pissed" when describing people who are drunk.  He says they only use it for when people are angry.  I say he's full of it.  If you're American, what do you say?

Your American roommate is 100% correct.
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« Reply #30 on: October 16, 2008, 03:40:38 PM »

I've used a variety of terms to denote inebriation, but never "pissed", as that always indicates I am angry enough to warrant a warning.

But I have been:
  • Lit
  • Drunk
  • Gone
  • Shit-faced
  • Fucked-up
  • Shot
  • Done

"Pissed" occasionally results in a combination of excessive drinking and surrounding environmental factors, but never have I used the term to indicate my level of intoxication.  I think my most commonly used term has been "done", as in, "Fuck, I'm done."  It has a dual meaning of both being "done" with drinking for the night and "done" in terms of being drunk.
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« Reply #31 on: October 16, 2008, 03:46:36 PM »

I tend to just use the term "I'm so friggin' PeteRocked I can't see straight"
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« Reply #32 on: October 16, 2008, 04:04:52 PM »

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But I have been:

    * Lit
    * Drunk
    * Gone
    * Shit-faced
    * Fucked-up
    * Shot
    * Done

I'll raise you a "Three sheets to the wind."
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« Reply #33 on: October 16, 2008, 04:30:19 PM »

LOL,i know this is Americans only...but i have to say this thread has made me chuckle

Pissed as being angry is very slowly beginning to make its way into our way of speaking(thank you Television),but we will always know it as being pissheads...frogarsed/Ratarsed...blitzed..or just plain drunk here in the UK,its also kinda short for being 'Pissed up'(see below)

going out with yer mates to the pub is 'going out on the Piss'..or having a 'Piss up'....'cant organize a piss up in a brewery' is one way to tell someone they suck etc


the Pissed in being angry,we just say 'i am Pissed off'..same thing really


then there is 'Taking the Piss'..which is short for 'Taking the Mickey'..or making fun of someone
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« Reply #34 on: October 16, 2008, 04:50:07 PM »

I'm pissed denotes being angry

If I'm drunk I'm normally


Fucked up
drunk
shit faced
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« Reply #35 on: October 16, 2008, 05:04:42 PM »

Hehe, this one gets on my tits when I'm talking to my yank friends online.

"How are you?"

"Pissed."

"Aww, why?"

"....Because I drank a lot of booze?"
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« Reply #36 on: October 16, 2008, 05:16:38 PM »

Quote from: YellowKing on October 16, 2008, 03:06:27 AM

I agree with my fellow Americans.

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« Reply #37 on: October 16, 2008, 09:20:52 PM »

Quote from: Canuck on October 16, 2008, 08:16:56 AM

Doh!! Well I'm pretty sure us Canadians use it relatively frequently.  I'll just conveniently forget I ever made this poll smile

I'm Canadian and I've never used it. If I say I'm pissed, it's when I'm pissed off.
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« Reply #38 on: October 16, 2008, 09:31:15 PM »

Quote from: metallicorphan on October 16, 2008, 04:30:19 PM

then there is 'Taking the Piss'..which is short for 'Taking the Mickey'..or making fun of someone

Well now, I think you're going to have to explain that one to some people Tongue
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« Reply #39 on: October 16, 2008, 10:10:00 PM »

Quote from: Canuck on October 16, 2008, 12:02:46 AM

My American roommate claims that Americans don't use the term "pissed" when describing people who are drunk.  He says they only use it for when people are angry.  I say he's full of it.  If you're American, what do you say?

Only reason I use 'pissed' is because I went to the UK and have several friends from the UK who say it and it rubbed off on me.  Nobody else I've known my entire life from the US says 'pissed' that hasn't either been there or watch too much LSaTSB
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