British English Language Slang For Tired And Drunk People
If you know any young children, then you will know what "Zonked" looks like. After a long day of tiring activity it is common to find a child sleeping (wherever they lay down!) and the English language has a handy slang word for this.
The same is true for anyone who has been to a party where someone has had too much alcohol to drink. Early in the morning in some dark corner of the dance hall you might see someone laying slumped over a table in a corner, in a deep sleep.
This weeks English language lesson is a slang word used to describe the people who are more tired or drunk than usual.
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Zonked Meaning, "To fall asleep, normally because of exhaustion."
So let’s talk about an expression in English, which is very slang. Slang means the words and the phrases, that people use with their friends and their families, people that they know well. Slang can be very different from formal English language – but it’s probably the part of English which changes most often. You’re much more likely to hear slang words and phrases spoken, than you are to see them written down. You may not learn much slang from your language course, but almost everybody uses slang words, so you will hear them all the time.
So here is a nice slang expression for you to learn - ‘I’m zonked’. So that’s zonked – Z-O-N-K-E-D. I like that word. Usually when you hear that, it means that someone is really, really tired, exhausted. They’re drained of energy, possibly after working all day. If you say ‘I’m zonked’ - it means I’m tired, I’m exhausted, and I’m not quite in my right mind. My head isn’t working properly as it normally does. But you can also say ‘I zonked out’. That means you went to sleep – or at least, you lost consciousness.
Zonked adjective; Exhausted or asleep. Stupefied by or as if by alcohol or drugs; high.
Sometimes people used zonked or zonked out when they’re talking about someone who’s had too much to drink, or who’s been using drugs. If someone is zonked, it means that they’re not with it, they’re not in their normal mind, possibly because of alcohol or other substances or just because they’re tired.
And if they’ve zonked out, it means they’ve lost consciousness - they’ve passed out. But you’ll know this, you’ll know which it is from the context, and it’s perfectly acceptable to use zonked or the verb to zonk out to mean that you’re tired.
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Zonked out in a sentence: "Dude, should have seen Joshua when we picked him up, he was so zonked, he was denied entry into tescos."
The meaning when you use it to mean tired is that you’re so tired, you’re not completely with it, your head is so tired, it’s not functioning properly.
So examples of sentences which use this expression:-
- ‘I’m so tired from my day at work, I’m just going to go to bed and zonk out.’
- ‘She had had so much to drink that she just zonked out on my sofa’.
- ‘The journey back from our holiday in France took so long, that we were zonked when we got back.’
- ‘Did you see that guy at the party – he was completely zonked’.
- ‘I’m so zonked – I’m just gonna go to bed!’
So there you are. Next time you hear someone use the word ‘zonked’, you’ll know exactly what they mean. Enough for now. Have a lovely day. Speak to you again soon. Goodbye.
The English language has many words you can use to say the same thing. Sometimes they are formal, sometimes quirky, sometimes they are slang. But all the variations mean the same thing.
It's unlikely that you will ever hear about "Zonked" in a textbook, or an English classroom. You will however hear "Zonked" used by British speakers if they have young children or know young adults who are having a good time out.
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