What is 3 sheets to the wind? Why 3, why not just 2?
How many sheets can you have at one time?
- Anonymous1 decade agoFavorite Answer
Oh my...You do have a good point, bestbuy!
I will opt for 2
- Anonymous1 decade ago
The expression goes back to the days of sailing vessels, especially square-riggers, when sails were often called sheets.
The number is arbitrary but could be large - some of these ships had five masts.
It was used to describe a state of intoxication; 3 was too many, out of control, etc.