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Where does the term shitfaced come from? I'm aware that it means to be totally drunk, but I'm not sure how shitfaced describes being drunk.

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Entomology = study of insects. – simchona Aug 5 '11 at 19:13
whoops, my bad. – Malfist Aug 5 '11 at 19:14
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According to Wordorigins.org the theory is as follows...

1960s student slang according to etymology online. Some sites suggest that it’s origin might be from being so drunk that your face is in or near a toilet. I don’t think that can be assumed as fact, however.

Not sure how true it is, as such expressions are seldom tracked.

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That is basically how it was explained to me in the 70's – Chad Aug 5 '11 at 20:12
I always though it meant your face was flush, as if working hard while sitting upon a toilet. Ergo, TOILet. ;) – Mike Christian Aug 5 '11 at 22:33

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