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Benjamin Franklin's Drinker's Dictionary: 220 Old School Ways To Call Someone A Lush (VIDEO)

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Benjamin Franklin once said that "Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy," a statement plastered on the walls of any number of pubs around the country to imbue drinkers with the bacchanalian spirit.

Okay, so those weren't exactly Franklin's words, however many times the quote has been attributed to him on novelty t-shirts. According to the Washington Post, the quote evolved from a statement Franklin made about wine, which he preferred over beer.

But whatever Franklin's alcohol of choice may have been, it's clear that the guy really enjoyed a good drink. So much so, in fact, that he acquired an extensive vocabulary of words and phrases dedicated to the art of drinking and getting drunk.

In 1737, Franklin shared this knowledge with the world by publishing his own 'Drinker's Dictionary' in the Pennsylvania Gazette, comprised of 220 expressions that, in Franklin's words, "signify plainly that A MAN IS DRUNK."

Now, the "Drinker's Dictionary" has found its way to YouTube thanks to "I Made America," a transmedia project which transplants six of our founding fathers into 21st century Chicago. In the video, a modern day Ben Franklin recites all 220 drunken sayings in a row, so viewers finally know that a party isn't really a party unless someone "Has Stole a Manchet out of the Brewer's Basket."

Check out the video above and head over to the "I Made America" website for more of Franklin's adventures.

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