Getting loose and 'spruced'

Posted by James Briggs on August 15, 2002

In Reply to: Getting loose posted by ESC on August 14, 2002

: : : Hey, I know this is a totally different discussion, but I was wondering if someone could help me with the meaning of the phrase "in vino vertes"????
: : : Someone was asking me, and I feel like I should know what it means, but I don't...
: : : Can anyone help?

: : "in vino veritas"

: : Latin expression meaning that when you drink alcohol you tend to get loose and sometimes say things you normally wouldn't say had you not imbibed.
: : Literal translation= "Truth in wine"

: In the words of Bob Seger:

: Wally's gettin' anxious thinkin' 'bout tonight
: Bruce is all spiffy, lookin' wicked lookin' right
: Eddie's getting' spruced
: And Donna's gettin' loose
: They're passin' round the bottle
: And they're gettin' good and juiced

I thought you might be interested in the origin of getting 'spruced':

All spruced up means smartly dressed; dressed to the nines; all spick and span. Spruced is an Anglicised version of Prusse, the French name for Prussia. Prussian troops were always regarded as being particularly smart.