Spread laughter and positive energy with wordplay! Dictomancy - Everyday Wordplay is a Wednesday blog series that features rare, bizarre, and absurd words and their meanings. Work one of these words into your day and spark some laughter and curiosity!
Katzenjammer - n [Ger] A hangover; a symptom of a hangover. 1849 U.S. Congress Serial Set 571.733, Some of Mr. Hale’s men had kept up a drunken frolic all night--general kakenjammer [sic], therefore, all day. 1906 Peck Peck’s Bad Boy with Circus 103 WI, The colonel . . invited the whole crowd to go to his distillery and help themselves. When we got to the next town every man in the show had . . a Katzenhammer. [1954 WELS Suppl., If Grandmother saw a drunkard she would remark in German, “he’s got one sitting,” and for anyone suffering from a hangover she would come up with, “that’s a real katzenjammer.”]
“If you ain’t got a katzenjammer when you leave the party, you ain’t doin’ it right.”
“Never had a katzenjammer like that before.”
“Yep, she’s the one with the katzenjammer. She slept it off in the guest room.”
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Cassidy, Frederic G. Chief Editor. Dictionary Of American Regional English. Cambridge, Massachusetts: Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 1985. Print