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 …
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.