Hangover Descriptions

Hangovers are horrible and no matter how much fun you had the night before, it never seems quite worth it in the morning (or whenever you wake up).

Also, people rarely put the hangover down to excessive alcohol consumption – more often than not it was caused by a dirty glass, bad beer, bad food etc etc etc.

Pathetic I know …

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The Brits are really creative when it comes to thinking up hangover descriptions and expressions to describe the symptoms.

Here are some classic examples:

  • driving the enamel bus
  • calling out for Ralf and Huey
  • praying to the porcelain goddess
  • doing a technicolour yawn
  • yodelling down the great white telephone
  • having a leather allergy
  • mouth feels like the bottom of a bird cage

Most of them are fairly straight forward and just need to be visualised to be understood.

The leather allergy is a bit more subtle; the reason for thinking that you have a leather allergy is because whenever you wake up with a headache, you usually have your shoes on.

The absolute best response I ever heard to a female student saying that her mouth felt like the bottom of a birdcage was “Why? Did you have a cockatoo in it last night?” Priceless!!

Do you have any other hangover descriptions and expressions? Please use the comments and let us know.

2 Comments

  1. Derek,
    As soon as I saw your title Hangover Descriptions, I knew I had to throw in my 2 cents worth.
    I had a 40+ year near lifetime, spent as a drunk.
    Based on a lot of reading it seems most hangovers are the result of dehydration.
    As such I always forced a lot of water down and for the most part it worked.
    I rarely if ever had a hangover and I could kill a 3 litre jug of wine in a day no problem.

    I will admit to being a Yank from NY though with the current newly elected administration I am not terribly proud at present.

    I only throw that in because in my life I am about education
    Sadly that theme was lost on my countrymen.
    As such the positive direction America was going has stopped and may go backwards.

    Great line about the Cockatoo!!

    CannaGary

    • Hi CannaGary, Thanks for your comments.
      I also know about the dehydration, but after a heavy night out, could never manage to force down the required water.
      Good luck educating the electorate – seems to be an uphill struggle, but a worthy one.

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