During the interval of ‘The merchant of venice’ (I went to watch this play last night at GSA – very very good by the way) I overheard someone say that they were feeling hot and flustered.
Nothing unusual there you may point out, and this is true it is perfectly normal. The thing that isn’t normal is that I suddenly realised that I didn’t actually know what flustered meant. Of course I had a very good idea, due to the context that I’ve heard it used, but I don’t know the actual definition.

So I decided to look it up (as I so often do):

flus•ter:
—v.t.
1. to put into a state of agitated confusion: His constant criticism flustered me.
2. to excite and confuse with drink.

—v.i.
to become agitatedly confused.

—n.
nervous excitement or confusion.

… to excite and confuse with drink????
Well I don’t know about you but I now have images of people vainly trying to drink balloons because they have been flustered by them.
‘Oh I got into a fluster with that sweater’ Says a slightly flushed looking woman with bits of wool around her mouth; where the attempt to drink said sweater failed.

You could argue that there is a different way of looking at it:
to excite and confuse, with drink.
‘This beer is going to my head, I’m feeling excited and confused’ – A sentance you are guaranteed not to hear in a pub*
Which perhaps makes more sense, but then where’s the fun in that?

*Not a guarantee