Saturday, 1 June 2013


Bibition, Drinking, Drunk, Alcohol, Gentlemen, Vintage, Victorian
Two gents on the bibition as photographed by Richard


Noun. Late 15th century.
[Late Latin bibitio(n-), from bibere to drink.]

(A bout of) drinking.

The word bibition is rather like bibacious in that, yes, it is a drinking session, but it somehow stops short of the rather crude binge drink. Rather, a bibition would strike me as the 'session' of the Victorian gentleman: rather than discussing who's going to win the Premier League this season over fifteen pints of Stella, the troublesome poor and their petulant demands for greater rights are discussed and tutted over through the course of several bottles of port.

Of course, a midday bibition was one thing for Victorian gents that had the working classes to operate their textile mills, but for the majority of us in the modern era it's definitely a bad idea indeed. As if it were ever a point in doubt, this is rather slurrily illustrated by the former Radio Stoke presenter Paula White. Ah bless. At least it was her last show anyway.


  1. The corollary, which I've just made up, is ambibition. It's defined as either the desire to accomplish great feats of drinking, or the ability to drink with both hands at once.

    1. I love this word, Nick. Ambibition needs to take hold ... it must!

  2. Some words should definitely be allowed to be used, just for the sheer pleasure of the sound of its form on ones lips..ambibition is one such word, regardless of it being an invented one