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Re: Lush--The Noun

Posted by R. Berg on March 26, 2002

In Reply to: Lush--The Noun posted by Bruce Kahl on March 26, 2002

: Here in the US someone who abuses alcohol is called a "lush".
: Anybody know the origin/derivation?
: I thank you in advance,
: bk

The American Heritage Dict. says "Origin unknown." The Dict. of Amer. Slang gives "liquor" as one meaning of "lush": archaic since c. 1920. "Lush" as a heavy drinker is labeled "very widespread since c. 1920." So possibly the word for the person developed from the word for the beverage.