where does the saying pissed as a newt come from?
- fidgetLv 61 decade agoFavorite Answer
Pissed as a newt
Possibly to do with the Victorian professional mourners known as newts, who had to take a drink at each funeral to be polite.
- 6 years ago
I thought the hired mourner at a funeral was a mute, not a newt (as in Oliver Twist). The waddling gait of a newt out of water sounds like the right answer.
- Roy <Lv 61 decade ago
The expression "pissed as a newt" comes from the creature's side-to-side gait as it walks.
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- #7Lv 61 decade ago
"Too drunk to walk straight. Reference to the natural wobbling gait of a newt. "
- 1 decade ago
Is that anything like drunk as a skunk?
Must be an English thing.
- TATRAFANLv 51 decade ago
My mother in law