Sir Billy hasn't been trousered in decades, but has helped the word get into the dictionary

Sir Billy hasn't been trousered in decades, but has helped the word get into the dictionary

Sir Billy hasn’t been trousered in decades, but has helped the word get into the dictionary

He may not have touched a drop since the 1980s.

But Sir Billy Connolly has managed to get the word ‘trousered’ – to describe being drunk – into the Oxford English Dictionary.

The comedy legend is mentioned in the latest edition of the tome after being credited with popularising the term.

A new meaning for trousered has been included in the dictionary to reflect it being a slang term for being intoxicated.

The dictionary’s researchers found the earliest printed mention of the word in that context was in a 1977 newspaper interview with Glasgow-born Connolly.

He was describing how he stayed sober until after he came off stage at his shows. He said: ‘After I’ve finished I can get totally trousered along with the best of them. But I never touch the stuff before.’

The official entry for trousered in the dictionary reads: ‘Slang (chiefly British and Irish English). Drunk, intoxicated.’

The dictionary said the word had also been used by English author Niall Griffiths’ in his 2001 novel Grits to describe a drunk character.

Kate Wild, the dictionary’s executive editor, said: ‘The newly added sense of trousered meaning ‘drunk’ expands what is already one of the largest categories, drunk, which contains over 200 words: from Old English fordrunken through to late 20th-century coinages such as wazzed and mullered.’

Sir Billy, 79, previously said he gave up drinking in 1985 after a wild night out with actor Sir Michael Caine.

Source: Daily Mail

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