Word of the Day Archive
Friday January 7, 2011
1. The discomfort and illness experienced as the aftereffects of excessive drinking; hangover.
2. Uneasiness; anguish; distress.
3. Uproar; clamor.
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."