Word of the DayFriday, January 07, 2011
\KAT-suhn-jam-er\ , noun;
The discomfort and illness experienced as the aftereffects of excessive drinking; hangover.
Uneasiness; anguish; distress.
So the asceticism and self-denial of the ancient anchorite and saint was merely a form of katzenjammer?
-- Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche, Thoughts Out Of Season
Ninety to a hundred days at sea, with dysentery, beri-beri, crabs, lice, rabies, yellow jaundice, malaria, katzenjammer and other oceangoing delights.
-- Henry Miller, Nexus
Katzenjammer stems from American English, a combination of the German Katze, "cat," and jammer, "distress." The word was popularized by the early comic "The Katzenjammer Kids."
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