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March 13, 2003

Slang of the Week: loaded (adjective)
drunk or rich

Bill Gates is more loaded than the Sultan of Brunei.

Celebrity quote:
"Actually, it only takes one drink to get me loaded. Trouble is, I can't remember if it's the thirteenth or fourteenth."
-Vintage comedian George Burns

If I tell you my boyfriend is loaded, what do I mean? Well, unfortunately for me, it doesn't mean that he's rich. Loaded, I should note, is not vintage slang - we still use it frequently. Meaning drunk, it's a word with a lot of synonyms. Some of the more usual terms include plastered, wasted, tanked, sloshed, blotto, bombed, tight, and shit faced.

But since the theme of the week is vintage slang, why not try some strange old-fashioned terms instead? For example, how about disguised, popular in the 1600s? Or corned, in fashion after the American Revolution? If that's too dated for you, try this one from the 19th century: snuffy!

What's new at Slang City?
This week, we bring you vintage slang from the 20s and 30s. Can you get nailed for plugging someone? Find out in our translations of quotes from Chicago (1920s) and The Sting (1930s).