The language used by drunken people when they wish to communicate with the sober. In order to understand verbal shorthand, one needs to also be drunk. While traditionslly applied to the drunk, "verbal shorthand" can also be used to describe the communication efforts of persons affected by other mind-altering substances in addition to alcohol.
My husband rang me from the pub, but I couldn't understand him because he was talking verbal shorthand.
by austbeacon May 04, 2013