There’s a Word for That: Potvaliant

atkins-bookshelf-wordsDefinition: (adj) bravery that comes from being drunk

Etymology: Formed from the Middle English word pott (“drinking vessel”) and Latin word potus (“drinking cup”) and the Middle English word valiant (“robust”), derived from the Old French vaillant (“brave”) and Latin validus (“strong, powerful”) from valero (“be strong”).

Related words: pot-valiantly, pot-valiancy, pot valour

Anyone who has spent any time in drinking establishments would immediately recognize this as “liquid courage” or “Dutch courage” and its critical role in barroom courtship, often ending in embarrassment or abject stupidity — or both.

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