How crapulous are hangovers…Am I right?

November 16, 2010 | By Abraham | 2 comments

If you hear the word crapulous and figure it’s some neologism by teenagers in the 90s, you’re wrong…

It means, Marked by intemperance especially in eating or drinking or Sick from excessive indulgence in liquor. And, in fact, the word…

…has a long and perfectly respectable history… It is derived from the Late Latin adjective “crapulosus,” which in turn traces back to the Latin word “crapula,” meaning “intoxication.”

“Crapula” itself comes from a much older Greek word for the headache one gets from drinking.

“Crapulous” first appeared in print in 1536. Approximately 200 years later, its close cousin “crapulence” arrived on the scene as a word for sickness caused by drinking.

Thank you, Merriam Webster’s Word of the Day.

So the next time you need to discuss a hangover, have this word at hand. Because, really, is there any better description for having drunk too much than crapulous crapulence?

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