where does the saying pissed as a newt come from?

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  • fidget
    Lv 6
    1 decade ago
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    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.

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  • alber
    Lv 4
    3 years ago

    Pissed As A Newt

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  • 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.

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  • Roy <
    Lv 6
    1 decade ago

    The expression "pissed as a newt" comes from the creature's side-to-side gait as it walks.

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  • #7
    Lv 6
    1 decade ago

    "Too drunk to walk straight. Reference to the natural wobbling gait of a newt. "

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  • 1 decade ago

    Is that anything like drunk as a skunk?

    Must be an English thing.

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  • 1 decade ago

    My mother in law

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