Friday, April 26, 2013

3 sheets to the wind

'Don't drink too much tonight, you were three sheets to the wind last weekend.'
This expression is used to describe someone who is drunk to the point of being unable to stand up straight. The ‘sheets’ here refer to the sails of a windmill rather than bed linen. Windmill operators used to add or remove the number of sails according to the strength of the wind.
One basic rule that they had to follow was to always keep an even number of sails – either two or four – opposite each other in order to keep the windmill balanced and steady. If they ever had three sheets, the windmill became unstable and extremely wobbly, swaying from side to side very much like someone who has enjoyed a little too much alcohol!
 
‘No wonder you feel so bad this morning, you were three sheets to the wind last night.’

3 comments:

The 4th Sister said...

you are just a book of knowledge

The 4th Sister said...

well Pat we planted the garden with plants instead of seeds...we will see if anything grows... Those onions were awfully punny

The 4th Sister said...

Tony was there I know you must have a tale to tell