Getting loose and 'spruced'

Posted by ESC on August 15, 2002

In Reply to: Getting loose and 'spruced' posted by James Briggs on August 15, 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.

Interesting. I thought it had to do with spruce trees. Although I can't imagine what the connection would be.