There’s a lot of slang out there for things that are “good:” wicked, sick, even the word bad.
During one of her classes, University of Michigan English Professor Anne Curzan heard a new one (at least, for her): savage.
“So savage now means ‘good?’” asks Michigan Radio’s Rina Miller.
“Slang likes to turn things on its head,” says Curzan, “and make words that mean bad things, mean good things.”
Maybe that’s why we love to come up with slang words for the act of getting drunk.