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Sunday, September 22, 2013


\SOH-ber-sahy-did\ , adjective;
solemn or grave in disposition, attitude, character, etc.; serious-minded.
He's as crazy as a rat in a drainpipe. But I do believe the sobersided electorate of the third district is going to send him to Washington this November.
-- Stephen King, The Dead Zone, 1980
Presumably he was a sobersided Puritan who considered laughter to be the devil's tool and enjoyment of any kind to be the embodiment of evil.
-- Jane Feather, The Silver Rose, 2009
Sodersided arose in the 1840s. Its origin is unknown, though it is certainly related to the common word sober.
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