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As full as an egg

Posted by Parthian on September 24, 2008 at 09:44

In Reply to: As full as an egg posted by Bob on September 21, 2008 at 22:53:

: : : : "As full as an egg" has been queried on this site. I've heard it once from Julian Clary (comic) and maybe it's not established.

: : : Given how well-read Julian Clary is, I wouldn't be surprised if he was quoting Shakespeare. (VSD)

: : :OED has it in use from 1930[U.S]and in Australia I have commonly heard as "full as a goog[sl.= egg]".I think it may safely be said that an egg is very full and the drunk idea may relate to how sensative an egg is to spewing out its contents,in the human analogy either literally or figuratively.Only a guess.

: Shakespeare. Mercutio, in Romeo and Juliet, act 3, sc. 1, l. 22-3

Sheakspeare is one thing,but for 'drunk' the reference is not spot on;in Romeo and Juliet it appears he is merely refering to an addled brain,not necessarily drunk.I doubt that as the origin.