Robin Hamilton robin.hamilton3 at VIRGINMEDIA.COM
Tue Oct 19 01:47:18 UTC 2010

> It does. _Pissed up_  'drunk' is rather more frequent in the U.S. than
> BrE _pissed_.
> JL

Ah, now that I *hadn't known.

So UK has (basic) "pissed"=drunk, qualified to give "pissed off"=annoyed.
And US has (basic) "pissed"=annoyed, qualified to give "pissed up"=drunk.

Then there's (UK) "been on the piss" meaning having been out and the drink
taken, or as it would be said in the Real World, "oot oan a bevy".



> On Mon, Oct 18, 2010 at 9:18 PM, Robin Hamilton <
> robin.hamilton3 at> wrote:
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>> Does it ever piss down with rain in America the way it does here?
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