Another word for drunk: "Ah've seen the guy totally steamboats in the middle of the day." Some say that the origin of this picturesque expression lies in the traditional Glasgow pastime of going for pleasure-cruises down the Firth of Clyde. Apparently, men would give the excuse of 'going to take a look at the engines' to pay a visit to the bar. It then became proverbial that people alighting from such steamboat trips would seem to have difficulty in regaining their land legs.
© Michael Munro
Hard drinking must be the favourite local sport, apart from 'fitba' (ie. soccer), if we are to judge from the proportion of drink-related terms in the Patter... In fairness, it must be said that where the work is tough and the climate is rough, a tradition of hard drinking is not uncommon - Glasgow certainly met these criteria and there is no lack of incentives to imbibe the occasional 'wee goldie'.
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