Scholarly yet popular etymological volumes have been devoted to sexual intercourse and excrement. Paul Dickson hereby completes the Trilogy of Taboo Essentials with his volume examining all the synonyms for drunkenness. Birds do it, monkeys do it -- get blotto, that is -- but no species other than man has 2,964 terms for inebriation, all of which are catalogued here.


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Donna Tartt's The Goldfinch is the winner of the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. James Parker calls this Dickensian coming-of-age novel "an enveloping…