Word of the Day : April 15, 2019
katzenjammer \KAT-sun-jam-er\ noun
1 : hangover
2 : distress, depression, or confusion resembling that caused by a hangover
3 : a discordant clamor
Did You Know?
Have you ever heard a cat wailing and felt that you could relate? Apparently some hungover German speakers once did. Katzenjammer comes from German Katze (meaning "cat") and Jammer (meaning "distress" or "misery"). English speakers borrowed the word for their hangovers (and other distressful inner states) in the first half of the 19th century and eventually applied it to outer commotion as well. The word isn't as popular in English today as it was around the mid-20th century, but it's well-known to many because of The Katzenjammer Kids, a long-running comic strip featuring the incorrigibly mischievous twins Hans and Fritz.
Aired April 15, 2019
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