Hanger management

I know this feeling entirely too well:

We’ve all been there before. Who hasn’t experienced that awful feeling when you’re starving and then start to get mad that you’re starving? When there are no snacks to be found, hunger and anger collide to form the “hangry” phenomena. I’m sure you’ve used the term to describe your desire for pizza (when there sadly was no pizza) before erupting into a volcano of screams and tears.

Well, “starving” is probably stretching it a bit; it’s not like I look emaciated or anything. That said, that particular hybrid emotion is familiar. And now:

If you’re looking for some academic sources to validate your unsatisfied emotional state, well, look no further. The Oxford English Dictionary has just included the word in their latest update.

You’re kidding, right? You’re not?

Here’s how Head of U.S. Dictionaries, Katherine Connor Martin, explained it in a statement:

“It is only in the 21st century that the word hangry, a blend of hungry and angry used colloquially to mean ‘bad-tempered or irritable as a result of hunger,’ has entered common use. However, the earliest known evidence for the word dates from 1956, in an unusual article in the psychoanalytic journal American Imago that describes various kinds of deliberate and accidental wordplay.”

So there. Next time you’re frustrated because the fridge is empty, at least your plaint is lexicographically approved.

(Via American Digest.)


  1. McGehee »

    9 February 2018 · 7:28 pm

    “No, you can’t finish watching this program! When Ah sez we’re leavin’ fer dinner at 6:30, Ah means we’re leavin’ fer dinner at 6:30!”

  2. fillyjonk »

    9 February 2018 · 9:05 pm

    Mine, alas, more commonly ends in tears.

    You really don’t want to avoid stopping for meals when on a road trip with me.

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