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frosty rime
Posted: Friday, June 13, 2014 12:24:27 PM
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Hi all,

Is "as drunk as a German" an idiom?

(*German must be more renowned for their drinking habit, rather than in white habit.)

What happened to "to drink like fish?"

dennis j
Posted: Friday, June 13, 2014 1:02:20 PM

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drunk as a skunk? drunk as a sailor? sober as a judge??
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Posted: Friday, June 13, 2014 1:05:34 PM

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I can truly say that I have never heard the idiom, 'Drunk as a German'.

I have heard 'drunk as a sailor' and 'drunk as a Lord' but never any reference to the Germans.

The drunk as a Lord I've heard in old movies in films from the UK.

I have friends that have spent time in Germany and told tales of rowdy nights after spending some time in the famous Beer Gardens.

Romany
Posted: Friday, June 13, 2014 1:14:17 PM
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Agree from a BE point, too. Never heard that idiom before.

Besides, in UK it would be more likely"Drunk as a Geordy on payday" or something of the kind (I just chose that random sentence because of the alliteration. Not getting at any Geordies on the Forum!)Anxious

Was trying to make the point that we'd be more likely to make fun of those nearer to hand.
Jeff Siemers
Posted: Friday, June 13, 2014 1:58:53 PM

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Only during Oktoberfest!
Drag0nspeaker
Posted: Friday, June 13, 2014 2:00:01 PM

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HI!

It's the same in the north of England and Scotland - I've never heard of 'German'.

There are several colourful phrases, some more acceptable than other Silenced , but not that one!
Ercan TÜRK
Posted: Friday, June 13, 2014 2:44:30 PM

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I agree with the idea of Oktoberfest.
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Posted: Friday, June 13, 2014 3:03:16 PM
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It depends on the country.
In my country, we say "as drunk as a Dane".
I've heard that the Danes say "as drunk as a Swede", but I'm not sure about it.
dmon71
Posted: Friday, June 13, 2014 3:35:40 PM
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Applause Dancing Boo hoo! d'oh!
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Posted: Friday, June 13, 2014 3:53:54 PM

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Never heard of it here, either! That is not to say that Germans cannot get drunk! However, it is not a saying I have heard--either idiomatically or idiotically!Not talking Hahaha!
Joy Frohlich
Posted: Friday, June 13, 2014 5:18:53 PM
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I have never heard it either in any part of the UK. I live in a small German town and seeing someone the worse for drink is very rare. I would agree with the remarks about Oktoberfest. The comments by our Czech friend are very interesting.
Mr Epstein
Posted: Friday, June 13, 2014 11:57:22 PM

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frosty rime wrote:
Hi all,

Is "as drunk as a German" an idiom?

(*German must be more renowned for their drinking habit, rather than in white habit.)

What happened to "to drink like fish?"



I have never heard that idiom in California.

As the other person wrote,..I have heard of "drunk as a skunk" or "sober as a judge."

KE
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Posted: Saturday, June 14, 2014 3:18:44 AM

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I don't know and have never heard that Germans' behaviour varies after drinking alcohol. But heard that of the Dutch's. "Dutch courage" means "the false courage or confidence that a person gets from drinking alcohol" Link
excaelis
Posted: Tuesday, June 17, 2014 3:03:02 AM

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Lawyer : My client could not have committed this offence as he was drunk as a judge at the time.

Judge : I believe the correct idiom is " drunk as a lord ", Mr Richardson.

Lawyer : As your Lordship pleases...
Kerry.P
Posted: Tuesday, June 17, 2014 3:10:51 AM
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thanks ex
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Tovarish
Posted: Tuesday, June 17, 2014 3:19:11 AM
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Aussies just accept the complement.

Good one Exy.
IMcRout
Posted: Tuesday, June 17, 2014 4:06:51 AM
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There were many drunken Germans last night after the German football team had won against Portugal.

I remained sober, though. Whistle
Drag0nspeaker
Posted: Tuesday, June 17, 2014 11:56:00 PM

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It's strange that no-one has mentioned the poor neglected newt.

That is the phrase I know best - though 'drunk as a newt' is not quite the phrase . . .

excaelis
Posted: Wednesday, June 18, 2014 2:49:34 AM

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A little bit Mozart...
thar
Posted: Wednesday, June 18, 2014 5:31:03 AM

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Mozart ?Eh?

I know Brahms and Liszt (although he was Hungarian, wasn't he?) Whistle
J-P
Posted: Wednesday, June 18, 2014 6:40:42 AM

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Each country must have a local variant of this expression. In France, we say "as drunk as a Pole". (saoul comme un Polonais)
excaelis
Posted: Wednesday, June 18, 2014 11:27:15 AM

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A semi-humorous/euphemistic/smart-ass version of the same, thar.
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